Police hunt for beach boozers

Willows a prime place to catch drinking beachgoers

Oak Bay police officers are taking to the beach in a proactive attempt to curb drinking in public places.

Willows Beach is the setting for several complaints a year about people drinking where they shouldn’t, Deputy Chief Kent Thom said.

“We always respond to complaints from people who frequent the beach. The last few years, we’ve tried to be a bit more proactive by increasing our bike and foot patrols on the beach.”

The fine for drinking in a public place is $230. Last week, police confronted 16 people about drinking on the beach, but let them off without tickets, after pouring out their alcohol.