As you know, I actually write these columns several days before they are published. For example, I am writing this week’s discourse on Sunday, March, 12, so as I am writing, I really don’t know what happened between Sunday and today. Well, just to clarify, by the time you are reading this, I will know what happened, but as I am writing, it hasn’t happened yet.
So that when I tell you that so far Spring Break has been very manageable, I mean it has been manageable through last Sunday, but circumstances may have changed between then and now.
With that said, I expect that things are about to get a little crazier in the next few days than they have been. Nearly every hotel, motel, condo and rental are sold out and although the weather is forecasted to be a little chilly, it won’t be nearly as cold as it has been.
Since it is Spring Break and we are anticipating a very busy weekend, we will be ramping up our law enforcement presence for the rest of the week, Thursday, March 17, through Sunday, March 20. You will notice an increase in the number of state troopers, game wardens, and TABC agents assisting.
In an effort to lesson our workload and perhaps save you the heartache of an ex- pensive encounter with the cops, I thought I would help you avoid an unwanted contact.
The next few days, we will mostly be looking for hazardous violations or behaviors that may put yourself or others at risk. We will have consistent patrols on The Island Road (Highway 361), 11th Street and, of course, the beach.
We will be targeting speeders and vehicles using the center turn lane for passing on the highway. North of Access Road 1A, 11th Street and the beach, we will also be strictly enforcing golf cart violations, particularly carts on the highway, illegal crossings, overloaded carts (only one passenger is allowed per seat; four seat carts have a capacity of four passengers, while six seaters can only lawfully transport six riders), under-aged/ unlicensed operators and reckless drivers.
Our partners have been working with the convenience stores, bars and restaurants to mitigate minors purchasing alcohol and adults purchasing it for them.
If you are going out for dinner or visiting the local drinking establishments, monitor your alcohol intake. If you are driving, remember it can only take two or three drinks over the course of an hour or so until you are legally intoxicated.
If you are going to drink, don’t drive. Our patrol officers are being supplemented with additional state patrols in town. If you have been drinking and you choose to drive anyway, don’t be surprised if you get hooked up for DWI. Instead, have a designated driver, walk back to where you are staying or use one of the many taxi services in town. It only costs a few bucks for a cab ride from anywhere to anywhere in Port A.
There are only a few days left of Spring Break, don’t mess it up by making bad choices. I don’t want to have to be writing about you next Sunday.