26th September 2023
Sitges News

Breathalyser tests over Sitges Carnival weekend result in only three positive cases

Despite the huge crowds of people partying in the streets of Sitges over the weekend (with estimations of up to 300,000 people expected for the whole Carnival week), one might normally expect several fights, thefts and issues related to alcohol or drug abuse. 

However, the local security and safety operation, with 1,000 personnel participating including health staff, firefighters and private security, worked very effectively and there were no reports of major problems.

During the night of Saturday and the early hours of Sunday, the Sitges Local Police carried out a total of 21 breathalyser tests, at checkpoints on both Avinguda Sofia and Can Perico, and all tested negative. Two drug tests were carried out at both controls, and both were positive.

On Sunday night, the results were different: of the eight blood alcohol tests that were carried out, two were labelled as ‘criminally positive’ (more than 0.6mg/l) and one was ‘administrative’.

Otherwise, the other main actions of the Sitges police were to charge several venue owners in the town for setting up bars on public roads without permission; checks carried out with dogs for drug possession resulted in 25 people being booked; interventions to stop fights in public streets without further consequences, and to also treat people with drug or alcohol poisoning, with some sent to hospital. In general, the incidents were regarded as minor, when taking into account the amount of people in the town.

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