Alcohol ban lowers Labor Day Float attendance

Sep 1, 2014 1:49 AM by Vanessa Vasconcelos

This is the 2nd year in a row that an alcohol ban has been enforced for Labor Day Weekend. In 2012 thousands of people hit the river to float. This year there were more fish than floaters. The fewer people meant far fewer problems and that's thanks to the Glenn County Sheriffs ensuring everyone's safety.
The ban was meant to prevent dangerous activity, but it also succeeded in driving most partiers away from the river. While the ban is getting mixed reviews from floaters, the Glenn County Sheriff's department say their first priority is making sure everyone is safe.
In 2012 Cal Poly student Brett Olson went missing for a week before a fisherman found his body 2 miles south of beer can beach.
Autopsy and toxicology reports say he was heavily intoxicated and used cocaine when he died. Law enforcement doesn't want to see this happen again.
This weekend they only had to make one rescue and it was not alcohol related. Low water levels are increasing the amount of snags in the water.
There are rumors floating around on social media about a float for next weekend to avoid the alcohol ban. The Glenn County Sheriffs are planning to have extra personnel nearby.


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