2018-03-22 / Opinion


A Family Friendly Message

If you happen to glance at this week’s Police Log, you’ll notice a dramatic spike in the arrests made over the past week, 129 to be precise.

The police reported 17 arrests last week and only 15 arrests for the weeks of March 1 and 8, so we have to assume the culprit in the higher number of arrests was the parade.

The parade itself is intended to be a family-friendly event. But what we are faced with, apparently, is that there was a large number of people behaving inappropriately on parade day and later that night.

All 58 arrests for possession of open containers (of alcohol) were on Saturday, March 17. Even more incredible is that last year, there were only 22 arrests for open containers.

Granted, this year we had slightly warmer weather than the near-zero temperatures in 2017, but how did we fail all the families who did attend the parade with small children that nearly 100 arrests were made during the parade hours of 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.?

On a positive note, there were only about ten arrests for underage drinking, which is a few less than last year, and only one arrest for public urination versus last year’s five arrests.

Finally, not that it’s any consolation, but the fines for open container range anywhere from $300 to $750. So at least we had a windfall for the city coffers.

Let’s strive to be better at this next year. Daytime for families, nighttime for “spiked” revelry.

Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís!

(Gaelic: That we may live to see this time again next year!)

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