We were concerned about this New Year's holiday in Imperial County.
After so much violence in the Imperial Valley Sand Dunes Recreation Area during Thanksgiving, there was reason to be anxious about New Year's.
But it turned out to be a fairly quiet holiday in the dunes. That's not to say it was free of incidents. There were driving under the influence arrests and there were serious accidents, but there were no fatalities and no serious incidents of violence throughout the holiday.
During Thanksgiving there were 190,000 people in the dunes. That's more than the entire population of the Imperial Valley. Such a large crowd squeezed into a ever-shrinking area in the dunes creates a dangerous situation, particularly when without enough law enforcement to patrol the area, as was the case over the Thanksgiving holiday. Over the New Year's holiday there were only about 50,000 people in the area. Those are much safer and saner numbers, particularly because there were more officers in the dunes.