This week the South Lake Tahoe City Council unanimously approved the second annual Snow Globe Music Festival, to be held over New Years weekend at LTCC. Despite some complaints about the festival last year, there is no doubt the increased economic activity is invaluable to South Lake Tahoe.
This year the festival is expected to draw 12,000 attendees, and law enforcement agencies in South Lake Tahoe will have officers working overtime. Last year, 22 arrests were made during the festival, mostly relating to drug and alcohol violations. The South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team (SLEDNET) seized over $20,000 in illegal drugs via undercover operations and searching bags at the door. Here’s are some tips to keep you out of cuffs at the festival this year:
1. Make sure to stay coherent so you can make smart, logical decisions.
2. Do not draw attention to yourself by acting ridiculous. Public intoxication is a violation of the law.
3. Do not carry illegal substances.
4. If asked for drugs, inform the inquisitor you don’t have any and walk away.
5. Do not ask anyone for drugs.
6. Never discuss drugs or any illegal activity with a stranger. Remember that stranger could be an undercover officer.
7. Don’t drive drunk. Make sure you have a sober ride, a bicycle, or a shuttle pass. DUI checkpoints in South Lake Tahoe are expected through New Years weekend.
8. Do not give up any of your rights. Never consent to a search and never speak to the police.
If you find yourself in trouble at this year’s Snowglobe Music Festival, make sure to call the Law Office of Adam T. Spicer at (530) 539-4130.