TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Placer County-backed annual alcohol ban during the Fourth of July holiday for floaters and kayakers along the Truckee River between its outlet at Lake Tahoe and the River Ranch in Alpine Meadows begins Sunday.
According to previous reports, earlier this year, the county's board of supervisors voted to make July 1-6 the official time span for the Truckee River alcohol ban, which began in 2008.
Furthermore, alcohol will no longer be permitted on Chambers Landing Beach on the West Shore over the busy Fourth of July holiday.
Included in the ban is the ability for law enforcement to cite and confiscate alcohol — an ability, said Placer County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jeff Ausnow in a previous story, that will send a clear message to the public.
“This drunken tomfoolery is not going to be tolerated,” he told the Placer County Board of Supervisors in April.
Local law enforcement plans to enforce the ban during the holiday week in an effort cut down on accidents on the water — and the number of drunken drivers on the roads after a float. Violations are punishable by a fine of $150 for the first, $500 for the second, and $1,000 for the third occurrence (within a calendar year).