Aug 27, 2014 4:16 PM by News Staff
The alcohol ban along the Sacramento River goes into effect this Labor Day weekend, starting Friday evening through Monday night.
All local law enforcement agencies will be increasing their presence to ensure people are having fun without the alcohol, the ban states no possession or consumption allowed on the river during Labor Day weekend.
Local officials say last year's temporary ban went so well they decided to make it permanent. In previous years tubing down the river has been a popular Labor Day activity for Chico State students, but as the weekend grew so did its reputation as a wild and crazy event, and local law enforcement agencies were forced to use extra resources.
Last year Labor Day weekend saw cloudy weather, so this year could be the first true test of the alcohol ban. In previous years, officials say as many as 15,000 people floated down the river, but last year it is estimated only 3,000 people made a tubing trip last year.
Even without alcohol, there are still risks when tubing down the river: the water is slower this year because of low water levels, meaning more snags along the route. Emergency Responders recommend that tubers don't tie their tubes together, saying that when tubes are tied together the chances of becoming stuck increase.