Laguna Beach increases fines for public alcohol consumption and littering
Laguna Beach will increase fines associated with public alcohol consumption and waste to align with the fine schedule associated with other violations of its municipal code.
Laguna Beach City Council unanimously approved the order, which will make a first offense for the two violations by $ 100. A second offense in a one-year period will now be $ 200, and a third within that time will cost those caught red-handed $ 500.
Previously, the penalties for drinking alcohol in public were $ 30 for a first offense, $ 60 for the second, and one misdemeanor for successive events. For garbage, fines started at $ 25 for novices, $ 50 for a second offense and $ 100 for other offenses.
Laguna Beach Police Chief Robert Thompson said the article was presented in an attempt to help clean up the town by deterring harmful behavior that “was impacting the quality of life in the community. », While eliminating inconsistencies in the correct schedule for violations of the municipal code.
“What we found out was that some people would go to the beach for a drink,” Thompson said in a telephone interview on Thursday, so the modest fine currently in place did not deter the violation. code.
“We have anecdotal information that in case they got caught they would look at it and say, ‘Well, $ 30 is the cost of getting into a good club, so if I can go drinking all day on the beach, and finally, I get caught, I pay a fine of $ 30. So what? It does not matter. I’ll pay the fine. That’s what it costs me to get into the club, and I can enjoy drinking on the beach all day, ”he said.
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