UPDATE 2:10 p.m.
Twenty-four people were arrested in San Luis Obispo on St. Patrick’s Day after police vowed to crack down on alcohol-related violations.
Twenty people were arrested for being drunk in public, two for driving under the influence, one for assault and one for a drug offense.
In addition, seven people received citations for smoking, four for urinating in public and 11 for possessing an open container of alcohol in a public place.
Those citations will cost offenders a minimum of $700 because St. Patrick’s Day is included in the city’s safety enhancement zone ordinance, which allows the San Luis Obispo Police Department to double fines. Second offenders will pay $1,000.
A maximum deployment of police officers began at 6 a.m. and continued through the night. Last year, 29 people were arrested, mostly for public intoxication.
Eight St. Patrick’s Day revelers have been arrested for alcohol-related offenses so far Thursday by San Luis Obispo police, according to Capt. Tom DePriest.
A maximum deployment of police officers began at 6 a.m. and will continue through the night as the police department cracks down on what it says is a growing public nuisance of alcohol-related problems.
People formed lines at many downtown bars early this morning, and a sea of green has filled streets most the early afternoon as people celebrate.