A major police crackdown on drunken behavior will take place during the 2011 Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Parade this coming Saturday.
The majority of Irish Central readers think New Jersey police are right to crack down on behavior at the parade, according the results of our online poll.
Our poll asked “Do you think the New Jersey police are right to crack down on behavior at the St. Patrick's Parade?” The results showed that 64 percent agree with the new ‘zero tolerance’ stance while 36 percent of our readers disagree.
Irish Central reported that Anthony Falco, the police chief of Hoboken, has issued a public letter to warn revelers to be on their best behavior.
The letter stated, “To keep the city under control officers will be strictly enforcing public drunkenness laws and that there will be ‘zero tolerance’ of any bad behavior.”
Donna McKune agrees that a zero tolerance approach to drunken people is necessary. “They should crack down on drunks at any/every event,” she commented on Irish Central’s Facebook page.
“I just hope that the Hoboken police concentrate on drunk drivers and not on revelers and bar hoppers,” says Larry Cosgrove, adding the holiday is a “party spectacle.”
Kelly DeCrew says that everyone should be allowed to have their fun during the popular holiday.
“There is nothing like a St. Pat’s Party in New Jersey or New York City,” she said.
Lael Braddack makes the point that St. Patrick was not the patron saint of alcohol, and agrees that police “should crack down on drunks.”