Charges laid so far under University District Safety Initiative total 115

The crowds filled University Ave. during move-in weekend for Queen’s University on both Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. Photo by Cris Vilela.

Kingston Police have released their tallied numbers of charges laid as under the University District Safety Initiative over the Labour Day long weekend.

From move-in day on Saturday, Sept. 1 to Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6 a.m. a total of 115 charges were laid pertaining to the University District Safety Initiative, according to Kingston Police. The following is the breakdown of those charges:

  • Open liquor: 91 (16 of which were at Breakwater Park)
  • Consuming liquor in public: 7
  • Drinking underage: 9
  • Intoxicated in public: 5
  • Highway Traffic Act: 2
  • Nuisance Bylaw: 1

By law officers also issued charges under Noise Bylaw 2005-5.

All of the above charges were laid under the University District Safety Initiative, which means offenders will not have the option to simply pay a fine. They will all be required to attend court to be held accountable.

Sixteen individuals were issued summons to appear in court for having open liquor at Breakwater Park. Would like to remind everyone that alcohol is not permitted at Breakwater Park. Our newly revitalized waterfront park is a family-friendly space and all who use it should do so in a safe and respectful manner.

The University Safety Initiative will be enforced until Monday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m., and will not become active again until Homecoming weekend (October 19 to 22, 2018).

For more information on the University Safety Initiative from the City of Kingston, click here.

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