Fewer Spring Break Arrests This Year

Mar 24, 2017

Police in Alabama's two largest beach towns say they've made more than 450 spring break-related arrests so far this year, and that's a big improvement from last year.

Police in both Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are implementing some new tough policies this year to keep young vacationers under control. They say the change has resulted in far fewer problems.

Orange Beach police tell WALA-TV they made 287 arrests so far this spring, which is significantly fewer than last year when more than 750 were arrested.

Grant Brown, with the City of Gulf Shores, says police there have made 173 arrests during the first four weeks compared to 372 during the same period last year.

Orange Beach Police Chief Joe Fierro says the biggest problem his officers have seen so far is minors in possession of alcohol.