Miami Beach warns spring breakers

Miami Beach Police Department warns spring break vacationers to follow Miami Beach laws. Image provided by MBPD.

By: Imogen Francis/Staff Writer


Every year spring breakers descend on Miami for a week of sun and partying, but this year Miami Beach Police Department is cracking down on beachgoers and the trouble they bring.

MBPD launched the “Come on Vacation, Don’t Leave on Probation” campaign by sending letters to over 300 colleges and universities, including Florida International University, to raise awareness of Miami Beach’s laws, said Ernesto Rodriguez, the public information officer at MBPD.

“If you come to Miami Beach for Spring Break, you must obey our laws. If you do not, you will be arrested,” said MBPD Police Chief Daniel Oates in the letters to colleges and universities.

The letters were the first step of a wider social media campaign to inform students that MBPD will strongly enforce laws with an emphasis on public drinking, smoking marijuana in public, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and reckless driving on scooters, said Rodriguez.

“All those things are the types of behaviors that we see at these large congregations of folks in one particular area,” said Rodriguez.

FIUPD’s Public Information Officer, Captain Delrish Moss, encourages students to be mindful of their surroundings and be prepared if drinking during spring break.

“Make sure that if you do anything that involves alcohol have a designated driver or consume where you are going to stay,” said Moss.

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