An initiative aimed at curbing alcohol-related disorder in the downtown got off to a busy start last weekend with more than 20 vehicles towed from closed streets.
Project Safe Semester, a collaboration between a number of stakeholders, saw Macdonell and Wyndham streets closed after 11 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. That closure resulted in 22 cars towed at the owners’ expense and 57 cars ticketed.
Meanwhile, proactive police enforcement in the core and in areas with high concentrations of student housing saw a number of other charges laid between Aug. 28 and 31. They included three impaired driving charges, three open liquor tickets, 11 arrests for public intoxication, and one public urination charge. Police and bylaw officers also investigated 38 noise complaints.
A rowdy Tuesday night, too
Tuesday night was a busy night for noise complaints in the south end of the city. Between 10 p.m. Sept. 2 and continuing until the following morning at 3:45 a.m., the Guelph Police Service received 26 noise complaints in the area stretching from downtown to south Guelph, a news release said.
These complaints resulted in multiple noise bylaw tickets being issued, it said. In the same night, police also dealt with multiple intoxicated persons, making several arrests and issuing several tickets for open liquor.
School area police blitz
Tuesday was a busy first day of school for Guelph Police, who ramped up enforcement in school zones between 8 and 9 a.m. and again after school between 3 and 4 p.m.
In that period of time, police issued 13 speeding tickets and five parking warnings in the areas of Victoria Road North, Grange Road and Westwood Road, a news release said.
Police plan to continue increased enforcement in school zones, and are asking drivers to slow down and be aware of their surroundings.