Report: Underage Busts Continue At Site Of OZZFEST Deaths

August 28, 2007

Dan Newman of Holmdel, New Jersey's Independent reports: In light of the recent ban on alcohol in all PNC Bank Arts center parking lots, state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth/ Middlesex) has called on a Senate committee to review operations at the 17,500-seat venue in an effort to make events there more family-friendly.

On Aug. 18, the night after the ban went into effect, 62 arrests were made, 39 of which were for underage drinking, at WKTU's Beatstock event, according to New Jersey Turnpike Authority spokesman Joe Orlando. Orlando acknowledged that Ozzfest was problematic for both concertgoers and local authorities, and sees potential for a similar problem at tonight's Projekt Revolution Tour.

"There has been a problem with that tour at other venues so far this summer," Orlando said. "This starts at 1 p.m. and goes all day and all night, so I have a feeling that there could be some issues here as well. Our goal is to get rid of the problems, and so hopefully we'll be ready if anything comes our way."

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-Monmouth/Middlesex),who supported the crackdown on underage drinking earlier in the summer, also feels that it's time for the party in the parking lots to be stopped.

"We can all agree that vigorous law enforcement is necessary and that we do need to make a dent in the issue," Handlin said. "This will still certainly take plenty of parental education and work to get this situation resolved."

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