Originally published July 5, 2011 at 4:52 p.m., updated July 5, 2011 at 4:47 p.m.
It was an early wake-up call this morning for 4th of July beach-goers who broke the rules. Under a new city program called “Instant Justice,” those who received non-traffic citations could reduce them with five hours of trash pick-up. David Fox, who's from Ireland, was part of this group. He and his friends learned the hard way that you can’t drink in public.
“We thought it was like if you had it in a paper bag or you had it in an open container, you’re allowed to, but obviously not,” Fox said. “At least we won't have it on our record, that’s why we’re here anyway.
"Because we plan on coming back and I don’t want to have a warrant on me card. I’ll be downing my drinks before I leave the apartment next time.”
More than 100 people were eligible for Instant Justice, but only 56 participated. Police Capt. Albert Guaderrama said the program has been well-received.
“It’s a great way to give back to the community,” Guaderrama said, “and we’re looking to continue it for Labor Day weekend.”