Fewer citations issued during "Unofficial" this year in comparison to 2014

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Police Department and University of Illinois officials say they saw a large reduction in the number of city ordinance violations issued during this year's "Unofficial" St. Patrick's Day celebration.

According to authorities, 138 city ordinance violations were issued during this year's event, compared to 271 issued in 2014.  Police and university officials credit the reduction to routine bar checks, wellness checks of participants, and the canvassing of campus.

Police say 65 citations were directly related to three underage drinking parties.  Five individuals were arrested on state criminal charges and taken to Champaign County Jail.  Authorities also say medical personnel responded to 13 calls, and eight individuals were taken to hospitals for alcohol incapacitation issues.

Champaign Police Lieutenant Jim Clark says no significant injuries were reported this year.  However, Clark says he'd like to see more of a decrease in the number of citations issued during the event.

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