UMF Arrests, Medical Calls Drop Nearly 50% From 2016
As those who had their feet on the terrain of Bayfront Park in Miami this March 24th-26th can testify, Ultra Music Festival was surprisingly peaceful, the throngs of crowds hardly split by medical carts, or disrupted by arrests.
The festival came under unnecessary and unwarranted fire back in 2016 when a 25-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a Miami-Dade Metromover supervisor Sunday evening after the festival ended. “This is why we shouldn’t let our kids go to Ultra,” Miami-Dade County Judge Nushin Sayfie remarked, incorrectly attributing blame to the then 18-year-old festival, not to the crime’s perpetrator. UMF 2016 was additionally overshadowed by the death of Adam Levine, a senior at the University of Miami who died Friday night of the festival of drug induced complications.
While 67 arrests were reported for the 2016 edition of the festival, only 35 were made this year, of 150,000 attendees. 59 people were transported to local hospitals. The numbers demonstrate both an increase in festival supervision and attendee responsibility. Ultra has installed drug amnesty boxes at the festival’s entrance to stave off recreational drug use, and increased the age of the festival to 18+, measures that no doubt reflect the new measures taken by the festival to increase safety.
The reports favorably foreshadow the festival’s approaching 20th anniversary, set for March 23rd, 24th, and 25th, 2018.