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Zero tolerance in Hoboken on the Fourth

June 8, 2010 3:15:31 PM PDT
Nothing like a front row seat to some awesome fireworks, and that's just what Hoboken's waterfront will be: a prime spot to see the 4th of July show over the Hudson!

"I don't think it's going to be like St Patrick's Day, but if it is, they need zero tolerance cause it get crazy," Erin Vazadona said.

Zero tolerance, a strict enforcement of laws and order, will be in affect. The city adopted it after years of problems during St. Patrick's Day celebrations that included public drunkenness, fights, litter, and risky behavior.

"Like girls passed out around like 3 in the afternoon. That is much," Nancy Ballan said.

No major problems during this year's St. Patrick's, and liquor store owner Mike Garcia credits zero tolerance.

"It's made a difference in the quality of peeps who show up, Now it's families, not drunk boys from college," Garcia said.

The city wants a repeat for the 4th.

Law enforcement will be out in force making sure rooftop parties are only on rooftops zoned and approved for gatherings. You won't be able to hang out on fire escapes, which is strictly prohibited.

Plenty of balconies raised decks in the city. Police will be making sure they're not crowded beyond what's allowed.

If you plan on coming to the river to see the fireworks, be prepared to pass through a police check point, and be prepared to let them take a peek inside your bags and coolers. Alcohol will not be allowed down here on that day, which many moms liked to hear.

"I take my kids around here all the time. I don't want to see like smashed drunk people," Ballan said.

"I think it's great. I don't want beer cans left and all the violence. It's makes a difference that it's all cleaned up," Vazadona said.

Break the rules and you will face fines. Some of them are doubled to 2-thousand dollars during zero tolerance. Two years ago, Hoboken collected nearly a half a million dollars in fines from law breakers. Just so you know, they do collect.

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