Statistics from the payday weekend have once again seen an increase in a number of problematic behaviours and public safety issues - including assaults, motor vehicle accidents and drunk driving arrests.
The City's Public Emergency Communication logged 1 631 incidents over the weekend.
As expected, the majority of the calls are for
medical assistance or by-law transgressions; however a comparison of some critical categories show a marked increase compared to the previous weekend.
The payday weekend phenomenon is not new, and it is any person's right to let their hair down after a long week or month of work.
The concern is that, in too many instances, that enjoyment results in poor choices that end up getting an individual hurt, or them hurting someone else.
For years we have highlighted the link between alcohol and public safety, as well as the consequences, so it really is disappointing to see the continued spike in public safety incidents whenever these payday weekends roll around.
The trend was even more apparent during an evening spent with our enforcement
services this weekend, where more than two dozen motorists were arrested for drunk driving, and nearly a dozen others for reckless and negligent driving - during just one operation.
I cannot understand how so many of our road users continue to think that this type of behaviour is okay.
It is not.
Your actions could put someone in the hospital, or worse, the morgue, and you behind bars for a very long time,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
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