Monroe County

Increase in patrols has made the beach a great place to visit this weekend

Rochester, New York  — Hot weather, Memorial Day weekend, and things starting to finally open up means more people are hitting the beach.
“It feels good. It feels like it was never going to happen,” Beachgoer Jeremy Michaud said.
This is the first summer Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19, people are ready to get out.
“I’ve been vaccinated since beginning of the month, so three or four weeks now, so general I feel comfortable with it,” Beachgoer Bobby Neerbasch said.
The Rochester Police Department said to expect extra patrols. Police have been preparing for this weekend. Specifically at Ontario Beach Park, where incidents have broken out in past years.
“We’re going to have extra bike patrols, foot patrols, we will have our ATVs, mounted unit and an excess of officers down there just to insure everyone’s safety at the lake,” Captain Mark Mura said.
Usually this weekend is spent with family and friends, so police remind you: don’t drink and drive.
“If you drink, don’t drive, call an Uber, call a friend or make arrangements ahead of time just to make sure you’re safe,” Mura added.
Police say they’re there to keep people safe and if you see something that doesn’t look right, give them a call.
According to RPD the increase in patrols has made the beach a great place to visit this weekend.

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