Traffic down, arrests up during Texas Week


Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Between the passage of ordinances regulating the consumption of alcohol at other Spring Break destinations, ideal weather conditions, and packed line-ups at local venues, Texas Week 2016 was expected to be bigger than in recent years.

One look at Queen Isabella Boulevard in Port Isabel, however, and one could see a different story unfolding. Traffic remained light throughout the week, with the first significant backup seen Friday afternoon.

“There was less vehicle traffic,” said South Padre Island Chief of Police Randy Smith. “We had a few more arrests,” he added.

Those extra arrests came after the number of officers patrolling the Island were tripled in anticipation of larger crowds.

Between Monday, March 14 and Sunday, March 20, Spring Breakers racked up a total of 334 arrests, according to records obtained by the PRESS. Comparatively, 147 arrests were made during the two-week period between March 1-14, 2015, according to data obtained by the PRESS last year.

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