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New Revelstoke nuisance bylaw to clamp down on rowdy revellers

05/04/2015 07:18 EDT | Updated 05/04/2016 05:12 EDT
The growing snow town of Revelstoke, B.C., is considering nuisance bylaws to curb late night partiers and public drunkenness that has been getting out of hand.

"It seems when people are intoxicated they have no volume control. They yell. They scream," said RCMP Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky.

The town is a growing destination for both skiers and snowmobilers in the winter months, and its downtown bars do a lively trade.

But when the bars shut down late at night, many of the revellers pour out into the streets looking for company, a place to relieve themselves, vomit or fight.

'Behave like a normal human'

Many locals have had enough, but Grabinsky said criminal charges aren't always the best way to calm the crowd.

Hence the nuisance bylaw, being crafted by RCMP and city council, like those already in place in Banff, Whister and Fernie.

Nuisance bylaws keep relatively small offences out of the courts. Instead, money from tickets and fines goes back to the city, he said.

"We don't even want to issue the tickets. We just want people to know when they come to Revelstoke there's an expectation they have to behave like a normal human in any other community," said Grabinsky.

He is hopeful the new bylaws will be in place by winter.

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