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State Patty’s Day 2014 Results in Fewer Hospital Visits and Arrests

More organizations continued to release their State Patty’s Day statistics yesterday, and there’s unquestionably a common theme — the drinking holiday was much less destructive this year than in years past.

Mount Nittany Medical Center released numbers for this year’s medical services. The hospital saw treatments for alcohol related incidents drop drastically, especially from non-Penn State students. Here’s how the numbers stack up to last year:

2014

  • 35 patients treated for alcohol related events
  • Average BAC: .248
  • Average age: 23.8
  • 26 of the 35 students were from Penn State

2013

  • 49 patients treated for alcohol related events
  • Average BAC: .284
  • Average age: 20.5
  • 22 of the 49 students were from Penn State

Likewise, the Centre LifeLink EMS service saw a calmer State Patty’s Day. Here are the numbers reported yesterday:

2014

  • 50 calls over the weekend
  • 24 alcohol related

2013

  • 72 calls over the weekend
  • 44 alcohol related

And, as we reported yesterday, police services saw crime numbers drop in half (especially considering there were 412 arrests at its peak in 2011). Here is the combined arrest number from the State College Police Department and the Penn State Police Department:

2014

102 arrests/citations

2013

244 arrests/citations

Could this year be the end of State Patty’s Day? This marks the third year in a row that police activity has dropped from the previous State Patty’s Day. The event has transformed from what it once was — complete and utter chaos — into just a regular football weekend, the only exception being that most people wore green. There was a noticeable calmness downtown that did not exist during the State Patty’s Days of yesteryears.

There were fewer people downtown, and it seems that paying the bars/liquor stores to close, shutting down fraternity partieslimiting the number of guests in residence halls, and police sending notes to apartment complexes deterred flocks of out-of-towners from coming for the weekend.

When even The School Philly is waving the white flag, it could mean its time has past. Is it even worth seeing the holiday limp along, a sad shell of its former being? Only time will tell.

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