Is drinking a problem at Summer Nights in Rapid City? - KOTA Territory News

Is drinking a problem at Summer Nights in Rapid City?

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Summer Nights in downtown Rapid City  is a time where people get together for a good time, but is drinking getting out of hand there?
Officers say it's not an issue, but there are other problems.

At Summer Nights, people have fun, hang out with friends and family, and police officers patrol the area. Officers say drunken behavior is not a real threat here.
 
"In the seven years that we have had these events and the hundreds and thousands of people that have been in attendance we have dealt with less than a handful of problems relating to alcohol inside the event," said Lieutenant Peter Ragnone, with the Rapid City Police Department.
 
People who attend Summer Nights say it's a fun event for every age.
 
"I just like the atmosphere. It's great to bring your family down here just to enjoy the atmosphere," said Steven Fritch.
 
Fritch says Summer Nights is not a place people get drunk.
 
"I think most people come down here and just have one or two beers and then just enjoy socializing," said Fritch.
 
While intoxicated people aren't causing too many problems at Summer Nights, kids are.
 
"Certainly the number one problem at summer nights as far as the police are concerned, as far as public safety goes, it unsupervised juveniles," said Ragnone.
 
Hours after Summer Nights, some get too drunk and have to go to detox, or their drunken behavior gets them in trouble.
Officers say it's not necessarily related to Summer Nights.
 
"When people stay after Summer Nights gets over 9:30, 10 o'clock and they drink in the bars for another two to three hours. I think last Thursday nothing really happened until bar closing, 1:30 2 o'clock in the morning," said officer Mike Shyne, with the Rapid City Police Department.
Last night officers did arrest someone, bringing the total number of arrests this year at Summer Nights to three. This person was a 12-year-old boy who was wanted on a warrant.
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