Thursday, December 24, 2009

City zero-tolerant on alcohol consumption on beaches

By Kim Saulse
24 December 2009

The City’s Law Enforcement officers will be enforcing bylaws which make it illegal for anyone to consume alcohol on public beaches this festive weekend.

Metro Police, Traffic Services and Specialised Services will also assist Law Enforcement officers with patrolling beaches.

Vehicle check points and officer patrols at beach access points will be set up at all major beaches to stop persons bringing alcohol onto the beaches.

Richard Bosman, Executive Director for Safety and Security says
the action is part of the City’s comprehensive safety and cleansing plan for the festive season.

“The City’s seven Blue Flag Beaches; Big Bay in Bloubergstrand, Clifton Fourth Beach, Mnandi Beach, Bikini Beach in Gordon’s Bay, Muizenberg, Strandfontein and a section of Camps Bay Beach will be prioritised,” said Bosman.

An additional 170 seasonal law enforcement officers have been deployed, bringing the number of officers patrolling the beaches to 410. The officers will patrol on foot and in vehicles and respond to emergency calls and complaints received.

People caught with alcohol will be fined and the alcohol confiscated immediately.

“Residents and holiday makers are encouraged not to consume alcohol on beaches as law enforcement authorities will have a zero tolerance approach,” added Bosman.

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