A beach alcohol ban imposed last year, along with an education campaign, has resulted in a sharp drop in the number of alcohol citations written by San Diego police, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Oct. 23.
Last year, San Diego police issued 3,438 citations in beach communities; this year they only issued 2,855 in those same communities, a 17-percent drop. The city also saw alcohol offenses by minors halved, and drunk-in-public arrests decrease by 7 percent. DUI arrests did rise by 8 percent, however.
The ban, which also affects waterfront parks, is scheduled to expire in January, but on Nov. 4 voters will weigh in on whether the one-year ban should be made permanent.