Monroe County

Don’t drink and drive over Memorial Day weekend, RPD increases patrols

Rochester, New York — According to Rochester Police Department, historically on Memorial Day weekend, they’ve had difficulty dealing with large crowds. The forecast is not going to be ‘summer-like’, but RPD says plenty of people will still be out. A major focus is Ontario Beach Park.
Every Memorial Day weekend, large groups of youth end up fighting in areas like Charlotte on the Beach, Captain Mark Mura says.
“So over the past few years – actually it’s been quite a few years – we’ve put together operational plans to assess such,” he says adding, “For the most part, we’ve been able to mitigate most of the issues that we’ve had.”
“We’ve increased our presence this year. We’ve planned for that ahead of time,” he says.
According to Mura, they are going to increase the patrols and that there will also be help from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police. The major aim of the added police presence this weekend is to make everyone’s Memorial Day safe and enjoyable.
“I just want to assure the public that we have a plan in place as usual for Memorial Day weekend and to ensure everybody’s safety,” says Mura. He adds, “Having said that, I’ll say this: if you’re out and you’re drinking and having fun, don’t drink and drive,”

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