Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Nice clean fun

Well, that is nice.

Thank you for being law-abiding while having fun.

See? It can be done.

Crime down over Memorial Day weekend

While it was another busy Memorial Day weekend for local law enforcement agencies, officials said the annual mass of river visitors was relatively tame this year.

Memorial Day kicks off the tourist season on both the Guadalupe and Comal rivers, and typically also brings with it a rash of work for both the Comal County Sheriff’s Office and the New Braunfels Police Department, with thousands of alcohol-fueled visitors making it traditionally one of the highest-volume weekends for arrests made and citations issued.

But both agencies reported statistics Tuesday that were down from last year.

NBPD arrested 18 people from Friday through Monday and wrote 206 citations, after arresting 24 people and writing 268 tickets a year ago.

“For it being a holiday weekend, people behaved themselves,” said NBPD Chief Ron Everett.

Similarly, the CCSO arrested 30 people over the weekend — down from 37 last year — and wrote just 60 tickets after issuing 176 of them in 2008.

Lt. Mark Reynolds, spokesman for the Comal County Sheriff's Office, said the Memorial Day holiday wasn’t a “normal” weekend, but it wasn’t one in which there was an abundance of crime.

“It was a nice weekend,” Reynolds said. “The word around here was that it was a large crowd and they were well-behaved. Most of the citations were traffic offenses, and most of the arrests had something to do with alcohol.”