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Curbing underage drinking at Darien Lake
Darien Lake, N.Y. -- They may be clever but are rarely successful.
Tuesday, in advance of the John Mayer concert at Darien Lake, security checked thousands of cars in search of underage people sneaking alcohol into the venue.
Were really looking for a safe concert experience and safe park experience, said Steve Hallowell, Marketing Director for Darien Lake.
Roughly 11,000 people were expected at the concert, many of whom had their vehicles searched by Genesee County Sheriffs deputies.
Weve noticed since weve had the check points weve had a lot (fewer) problems inside the concert venue, said Sergeant Gregory Walker of the Genesee County Sheriffs office.
Approximately 400 people have been cited for underage drinking at Darien Lake this year, compared to 600 for all of last year, according to Genesee County Chief Greg Dibble.
They got to, I mean 21 is the drinking age, said Nick Coleo, a regular Darien Lake patron.
You see kids on the news all day, its drunk driving, its underage kids doing stupid stuff, going to the hospital.
Coleo said he witnessed a fight outside of a Zach Brown Band concert at Darien Lake earlier in the year.
Park management said that part of the effort to weed out underage drinkers is aimed at lessening fights in the venue, something deputies say has happened this year.