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‘Rafting Gone Wild’ prompts alcohol ban Saturday on American River Parkway

Sacramento Sheriff's deputies arrest a rafter along the American River in Rancho Cordova on Saturday, July 13, 2013, during the Rafting Gone Wild event.
Sacramento Sheriff's deputies arrest a rafter along the American River in Rancho Cordova on Saturday, July 13, 2013, during the Rafting Gone Wild event. Sacramento

Alcohol will be prohibited today on the American River Parkway between Hazel and Watt avenues as part of an effort by county parks and law enforcement officials to prevent problems during “Rafting Gone Wild.”

The alcohol restriction was issued by Sacramento County’s director of regional parks in preparation for the event.

In 2012, the “Rafting Gone Wild” event, which is publicized via social media, resulted in arrests, destruction of public and private property, and presented a significant threat to the safety of the public and the community, according to a county news release. Based on information obtained from multiple sources, officials said, the Department of Regional Parks anticipates similar circumstances during this year’s event.

The alcohol restriction was issued due to the potential risks to the community, including park visitors, and rescue and law enforcement personnel.

County park rangers, Rancho Cordova police officers and Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies will be stationed at all park locations along the American River Parkway to enforce the alcohol ban.

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