CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Early police statistics suggest that University of Illinois students haven't ended their annual day of drinking known as "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day," even years after university officials hoped to shut it down.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports police issued 328 notices to appear in court for violations as of 3 a.m. Saturday and a large number were students. The violations include minors in possession of alcohol and throwing objects from balconies.
Last year, there were 269 notices. In 2009, there were 351.
The day was created to make up for money lost when St. Patrick's Day falls during spring break.
The event been a headache for school administrators and create safety concerns. In 2006, a university graduate died in a falling off a motorcycle in an alcohol-related accident.
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