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Police promise strict holiday weekend enforcement

05/19/2012 01:13 EDT | Updated 07/19/2012 05:12 EDT

Toronto police say they will take a zero-tolerance approach to alcohol-related offences as the city celebrates the Victoria Day long weekend.

The city’s entertainment district — bordered roughly by Queen Street to the north, King Street in the south, University Avenue in the east and Spadina Avenue in the west — is an area where police plan to focus their enforcement of public drunkenness and other offences.

While most partiers stay well-behaved, some have caused problems in recent years.

"They get too intoxicated, they start fights, they're urinating on walls," Const. Tony Vella told CBC News. "We're looking for signs of impairment, people who are drinking and driving, we're looking for anyone that's gonna cause a fight."

Police are typically deployed to the area on weekend nights but this weekend there will be more officers on foot, on bikes, on horseback and in cruisers.

Fireworks expected to draw crowds

On Monday, Asbridge’s Bay will be illuminated by the Victoria Day fireworks display.

The fireworks are visible from Coxwell Avenue to Victoria Park Avenue and along the boardwalk.

The fireworks are set to start at 9:45 p.m. and will last 15 to 20 minutes. Police warn that roads in the area will be congested and offer limited parking.

In past years, traffic congestion has caused the closure of Lakeshore Boulevard between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue.

Police recommend public transit for those planning to take in the fireworks. The TTC will provide extra bus service to accommodate the crowds.

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