It could have been the number of officers on the street, the doubled fines for alcohol offenses or the fact that it fell so early in the workweek, but the usually rowdy St. Patricks Day holiday resulted in fewer arrests than in previous years.
According to San Luis Obispo police Capt. Chris Staley, on Monday there were 13 arrests in the city related to St. Patricks Day festivities. Those include nine people arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, two for assault and two for driving under the influence. A few more arrests were made for various charges not related to the holiday, Staley said.
Arrest figures for St. Patricks Day 2013 were not available Tuesday afternoon, but this years numbers pale in comparison to 2012 when there were 35 arrests a vast majority for alcohol-related offenses and 2011, when there were 27 arrests.
Between 12 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday, police also enforced a city-wide safety enhancement zone where fines doubled to a maximum of $1,000 for alcohol-related offenses such as possession of alcohol, noise violations, hosting an alcohol gathering with minors, possession of a deadly weapon and public urination.
According to Staley, citations will be processed by the departments records division and totals will be available in the coming weeks.