Tens of thousands of visitors are making their way to Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day, and while fun is a priority — safety tops it.
The city will be issuing heavy fines for those who are found drinking underage, urinating in public or violating other ordinances.
Take a look at the fines you could face for:
- One drink on-street limit – $121
- Size limited 16 ounces – $150
- Drinking from can, bottle or glass – $150
- Drinking alcohol in parked motor vehicle – $150
- Unlawful for minor to drink/possess alcohol – $250
- Consumption of alcohol in Festival Area (control zone) without required wristband – $100
- Disorderly conduct by urinating in public – $200
- Disorderly conduct by fighting, indecency, etc. – $500
According to the city, appearance bond is $1,000 for all local ordinance violations.
This year, officials are setting up a pop-up Recorder’s Court in Chippewa Square. Fines can be paid on the spot, at a lower price than it would be at a later date. For those from out of town, this gives them an opportunity to bite the bullet and face a judge.
The city says violations will be handled just like any other ticket. Residents in Chatham County may be released with a city ordinance summons.
Violators can appear in court to plead their case, but a court appearance can be avoided by paying the fine in advance at the Recorders Court window (133 Montgomery Street) or online here.
As a reminder, if you ignore a citation, you’ll be found in Contempt of Court.