SOUTH PADRE ISLAND–About 40,000 Spring Breakers are expected to invade South Padre Island this weekend for the Texas Week of Spring Break.
Tourist officials said it’s the busiest time they have had in years for Spring Break. They said it’s due to the declining economy, which is keep people closer to home, and the violence in Mexico.
Island law enforcement officers are getting for the annual ritual. They plan to shut down between Access 5 and Access 6 from 11 pm until 7 pm.
“We will have a lot of extra officers on the beach and we’ll have ATV’s to patrol in the area,” said Horacio Zamora, a Nueces County Constable for the area. “Don’t forget the speed limit is 10 mph and he advises Spring Breakers to avoid doing doughnuts on the beach because you will get a ticket.”
The other issue is swimming after you drink.
“Last year, we had some drownings due to people going swimming after they have been drinking,” Zamora said. “If possible, if you have drunk a little bit, don’t swim. It’s just better to avoid that.”
South Padre Island will get help from area law enforcement officer to keep the area safe. They are especially worried about the weekends because that’s when it will be the busiest.
Up the Gulf, Corpus Christi officials are also expecting big crowds for the Spring Break week.
“At peak hours we will have a minimum of 22 officers on the beach proper,” said a statement from CCPD. “Enforcement will be concentrated on DWI’s, underage drinking and intoxication, disorderly behavior, and speeding and reckless driving.”
They also it will be a No Refusal Spring Break starting Friday through next weekend.
“The District Attorney’s office will provide phlebotomists everyday of Spring Break for Corpus Christi and Port Aransas for every law enforcement agency to use for suspected DWI offenders who refuse a breath test,” said the statement.
It’s expected to be a busy time and law enforcement officers hope there are no tragedies for the week.
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