Sacramento Bee: UC Davis Community Tries To Tame Picnic Day

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the unprecedented outbreak of drunken violence that occurred at the annual UC Davis Picnic Day event. On Monday, a group of students, Davis administrators, and local business owners met to discuss what they could do to prevent such violence from happening in the future. Sacramento Bee reporter Hudson Sangree reminded readers, “Picnic Day on April 17 drew an estimated 75,000 people to Davis. It was marred by public drunkenness, street brawls and gunshots. Women reported being groped, and one Davis police officer was injured breaking up a fight.”

Gary Sandy, the University’s Director of Local Government Relations, told Sangree that the group talked about discouraging pre-dawn alcohol sales at local bars (one bar owner has already agreed to move up his opening time on next year’s Picnic Day) and emphasizing responsible consumption among the Davis students that attend the event.

What do you think should be done to ensure safety at these types of events? Leave your ideas in the comments.

2 Responses to “Sacramento Bee: UC Davis Community Tries To Tame Picnic Day”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. It’s unfortunate that Picnic Day at the University of California has turned the opposite of a what a celebration should be. The bar moving its its time to discourage sale of alcohol before dawn might be a good step in discouraging the rowdiness at the 2011 Picnic Day. Whether it be on a celebration or drinking alcohol, responsibility is necessary to make sure things stay in control. Gunshots and gropings goes beyond the line in reasonableness.

  2. Anthony Rhodes Says:

    Ajax the Great, if you’re reading this I would like to commend you on your website. I think you have what it takes to get the drinking age lowered. You are tough, and I like that.