Experience from years past revealed that not only was excessive drinking among adults a problem but also minor intoxication has become a serious and fast growing problem on the island. Reports and public records show that at least sixty-five people have been arrested since Monday July 2nd on Nantucket, off the Massachusetts coast.
One particular incident that apparently led to this new approach of preventing and mitigating excessive alcohol use and partying on the island was the very popular and heavily attended Nobadeer Beach party that occurred July 4, 2011. More than four thousand attended last year’s celebration where many were treated for alcohol poisoning, while another attendee nearly died after drinking an excessive amount of alcohol.
Subsequent to last year’s celebration officials began planning to prevent similarly situated incidents from occurring this year. Hence, more than twenty extra Nantucket police officers were placed on duty to maintain orderly and peaceful holiday celebrations. As well, additional staff from not only the Nantucket sheriff’s department but also the neighboring Barnstable sheriff’s department was deployed.
If that was not enough, police officials utilized the extremely popular social media route to urge party-goers and celebrants to party and drink responsibly.
A spokesperson for the Nantucket Police Department has reported that they were successful in their efforts to manage and control peace and order despite all the party and drinking. Although, as predicted and typical of summer holidays some arrests were made and many citations were given. Arrests involving disorderly conduct and violations concerning open containers were among the most common.
Sadly, other citations were made and are becoming equally typical, not to mention common concern those involving underage drinking. Police wrote many citations for possession of counterfeit I.D.s. Miscellaneous citations involved littering and urinating in public.
A spokesperson for the hospital at Nantucket Cottage reported that although a slight increase of six patients were treated this year opposed to last year. As far as alcohol-related health incidents, the hospital reported that approximately two people were treated.
The population on the island always increases in volume during the summer, particularly during holidays, by more than triple the general population amount of 10,000 according to sources. In fact, it was reported that 55,000 inhabited the island last summer.
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Original article- boston.com/
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