Spring break crackdown numbers announced
Bike Week arrests up
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The State Division of Alcohol and Tobacco on Monday revealed its final number of arrests for spring break at Daytona Beach.
More than 400 were arrested for underage drinking during Spring Break with fake IDs purchased online, officials said. More than 125 fake IDs were seized during Spring Break 2016.
"The bouncers primarily came up with the bulk of these. Then, knowing ABT was out there, would flag them down and say 'Hey look, you need to take a look at this,'" said Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood.
A majority of the confiscated IDs had misplaced or missing holographic security features, according to investigators.
This year, record crowds along the water have resulted in a high number of people being cited for alcohol violations, officials said.
"If you're taking their license away from them early enough in the game, you're preventing them from going out and getting alcohol, which prevents a lot of alcohol fueled violence," said Chitwood.
Meanwhile, arrests were up at this year's Bike Week in Daytona Beach, which precedes spring break. According to the News-Journal, there were 398 arrests this year, up from 318 last year.
Police also handed out over 1,000 citations, many of which went to riders who were revving their engines too loudly.
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