WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- One shoreline town is starting off the beach season with beefed up patrols to make sure folks follow the no-alcohol policy.
A day at the beach turned out to be no day at the beach for some Waterford moms who went to police after seeing young people breaking the rules, drinking at the town beach and getting out of control.
"Have you seen anyone drinking alcohol on the beach," asked News 8's Tina Detelj.
"Not today. Not in the last few days that I've been on the beach," said beach-goer Neil Cochran.
"Have you in the past though," asked Detelj.
"Yes," said Cochran.
Police have decided to take a proactive approach to stopping rule breakers. The signs clearly say no alcohol, no matter what age, and the coolers people carry to the beach may soon be subject to search.
Police are patrolling now on four wheels, on the water, and on foot and they've found creative ways to pay for the increased police presence.
"Youth services had a grant in place involving underage drinking and we were able to partnership with them in light of the fact the potential offenders were juveniles," said Chief Murray Pendleton, Waterford Police.
They didn't find any offenders during recent weekend patrols, but they do plan on doing some random checks.
"I think it's an excellent idea that they do that. I don't believe public intoxication is a good thing for families to see at all," said beach-goer Jennifer Hartwell.
"You got young kids here and of course they're going to get of control and it's nice to have it regulated," said Cochran. "If you're going to have a couple of drinks on the beach it's one thing, you know. You're at the beach."
Lifeguards are also told to keep an eye out for those breaking the rules. If they do see someone drinking they'll say something, but they're also told to call police if it becomes a problem.
That's what the Town of Waterford is doing concerning alcohol, but just what is allowed at State Parks?
According to the DEEP, alcoholic drinks are allowed in many state parks and forests.
However, they're not allowed on beaches or boardwalks.
Beer in containers bigger than one-liter aren't allowed.
For more information on what is or isn't allowed at specific State Parks and beaches click here .
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