That’s an astounding number of arrests.
Howard Owens of The Batavian has been expertly tracking the concert mayhem this season. He writes:
During the 2011 season, law enforcement issued 526 citations for alleged under-age drinking.
Coming into Sunday’s show, there had already been 353 citations issued. Add in Sunday’s ticket writing and it brings the 2012 total to 578.
The 2012 season is only half over.
Owens points out last night’s concert was much calmer, presumably because the kids had their booze taken away. Darien Lake and law enforcement have been working on parking and pedestrian plans to cut down on nonsense. Owens says the theme park does contribute to the cost of the police detail.
The sheer number of arrests raises some questions about whether the venue is a public nuisance. However, the benefit of having a major concert venue probably outweighs the costs.
When you announce 225 arrests, it sounds like you have a problem, even if those arrests are part of the solution.
Update: The Buffalo News reports on the huge burden the venue places on police and courts.
Links of the Day:
– At an air base in Syracuse, pilots use drones to monitor the activities of militants thousands of miles away. They get to know their families and daily life.
– Nursing homes are under fire for unnecessarily giving nursing home patients antipsychotic drugs. The Syracuse Post-Standard takes a look at the practice and has links to look up a nursing home’s drugging rate.
– NBC’s Olympic coverage has been frustrating for viewers accustomed to living in the Digital Age. Jeff Jarvis has a fantastic take down of the network.