Police Take Credit for Lower Interest in St. George for Spring Break

Police Take Credit for Lower Interest in St. George for Spring Break

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's Dixie isn't the spring-break draw for Utah high schoolers that it used to be and St. George police are happy to take the credit.

"This just isn't the place to party anymore," said Deputy Chief of Police Russ Peck. "I think we've turned the corner. The hard-core partyers are going somewhere else," he told the Deseret Morning News Saturday night.

Peck told officers manning the portable Incident Command Center truck to pack up and go home.

Police spokesman Craig Harding said, "We're beginning to reap the benefits of four years of handing out citations. The senior high kids know we'll issue citations, and that's filtering down."

Saturday evening's arrests were for outstanding warrants, drunken driving and possession of methamphetamine.

A temporary receiving center that in years past bustled with frightened teens and angry parents was nearly empty

"We're shutting down early," Harding said about 10 minutes past midnight on Saturday.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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