Trouble with jazz in Glenwood
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Police are responding to more problems at this year’s Summer of Jazz concerts in Glenwood Springs than in past seasons, according to Police Chief Terry Wilson.
He’s not talking about kids dancing in front of the stage and distracting some attendees or performers, but rather, about violations of law involving underage drinking, marijuana use and open-container violations.
There were about 11 of those types of arrests or citations at last week’s concert ” apparently the highest number yet this year at the weekly event. The concerts take place Wednesday evenings at Two Rivers Park.
“It’s definitely more of a problem than previous years,” Wilson said. “We haven’t had an evening where we’ve been able to be over there yet where we haven’t made arrests.”
Other years there would be maybe one or two nights that were “a little ragged,” he said, but this year, the violations have been consistent.
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It’s unfortunate, said the police chief, that something that’s been a great community event for years can’t occur without a police presence to keep people behaving lawfully and responsibly.
“As a community ,we’re not handling it,” he said. “We’re not doing it right.”
Some might question whether marijuana, underage drinking and open containers outside designated areas should be discouraged at outdoor concerts.
But, Wilson said, police must enforce the laws. His greatest concern is underage drinking that could lead to drunken driving. He said police picked up a group of teenagers last Wednesday who were too drunk to walk.
“How many drunk 16-year-olds do we really want cruising our highways when they’re going home?” he mused.
He said it seems like the word is out that underage kids can easily go to the event and find someone to buy them alcohol.
The most important thing people can do is not tolerate people buying alcohol for underage kids and the other problems.
“When an event is going to be ruined by the actions of a few I think that people have to turn their attention to it and say, ‘We’re not going to let that happen,'” Wilson said.