Spring Break Draws Smaller Crowd

Spring Break Draws Smaller Crowd

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Whether it was the rain or schools staggering spring break, the annual teenage trek to St. George appeared to draw smaller crowds this year.

Police officer Albert Gilman said it was "lighter and easier."

For more than 15 years St. George has attracted crowds of teens during Easter weekend.

Gilman said there has been a decline in the number coming during the past couple of years, and there were fewer still this year.

The weekend was free of major problems, Gilman said.

Police mostly saw "typical stuff" happening, such as disorderly conduct, curfew violations, alcohol offenses and lewdness.

"One kid was cited for disorderly conduct after trying to get a girl to flash him," said police spokesman Craig Harding. "You can't entice someone to commit a crime."

Harding said those violating the law were taken to a processing center where they were cited and parents called.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Steve Myer also said it was slower this year, which he attributed to stormy weather Thursday and Friday. The UHP provided eight additional troopers from the Wasatch Front to help with the patrolling.

The police department has not yet released statistics of arrests and incidents.

Police quickly jump on even the most minor infractions, such as stepping off the curb into the street

Laura Sago, 18, visiting from Seattle found out how serious the police were on Friday night when she got into a car that had pulled over.

"They cited me for pedestrian in the roadway," said Sago who was back on the boulevard Saturday night. "It cost me $40. It's ridiculous."

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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