It was a busy day for Alcohol Beverage Control as more than12,000 showed up to float down the Sacramento River. The primary goal for the day was safety. "It's all law enforcement agencies working together to prevent someone from getting hurt. To prevent a large fight from breaking out, to prevent someone from dying out on the river" said Robert Farrar, ABC District Supervisor.
Many of the floaters are under the age of 21, which is a huge concern for ABC. They had many undercover officers monitoring the situation. However, ABC officials say they did run into some attitude. "They seem to be wanting to argue more. Last night we had a couple of them that actually tried to run" said Farrar.
ABC officials are concerned about this behavior and can't seem to figure out the cause, all they know is there has been a change. "This year seems to be worse. For some reason, there's a lot more students that are wanting to party. A lot more people that want to get into parties and get into fights. I don't know the reason why, but that is just what's been happening" Farrar explained.
More than 70 under aged drinkers were confronted today before getting on the water. Their choice was to either hand over the alcohol or going to jail. One out-of-towner floater felt this seemed a little unfair. "Unless they're belligerent, out of control, falling, getting themselves in physical danger, I just think they shouldn't get people in trouble" said Paige Abrams, a Sonoma State University student. Other floaters disagree stating safety is the most important thing. "The safer the better, that's all we need" explained Josh Montoya, A San Francisco resident.