Police Crackdown for Urban Beach Weekend

Police said they have made 93 arrests so far this Memorial Day weekend

By Karen Yi and Betty Yu
|  Sunday, May 27, 2012  |  Updated 10:39 AM EDT
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People on Miami Beach are ready for a good, fun time they tell NBC 6. Police, too, are ready with DUI check points and license plate scanners.

People on Miami Beach are ready for a good, fun time they tell NBC 6. Police, too, are ready with DUI check points and license plate scanners.

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Police have made 93 arrests since the beginning of Urban Beach Weekend, officials confirmed with NBC 6.

Miami Police said 24 of the 93 arrests stemmed from the DUI checkpoint set up on the MacArthur Causeway.

This time last year, police had only made 77 arrests.

Miami Beach officials have been working on a more extensive plan to handle crowds, traffic and disorderly behavior this year after last year’s weekend ended with a police-involved shootout right on Washington Avenue.

The biggest change this year, particularly for people who live on South Beach and especially the many who end up leaving the area for the weekend because of all the chaos, is residents need to show proof they live in the areas between Washington Avenue and Alton Road from Lincoln Road down to Government Cut.

Ocean Drive will also be closed from 5th Street to 15th Street starting at 7 a.m. Friday until Tuesday morning. Collins Avenue will turn into a one-way street for the weekend, between 5th and 15th Streets.

"Security is extremely good, it seems like they went over-cautious this year to make sue that nothing happened where it would bring a black mark into the city," tourist Satish Venkat told NBC 6.

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