This year’s Ultra Music Festival in downtown Miami saw an almost 50% drop in arrests from the previous year, a number that has been steadily decreasing since 2013, as reported by the Miami Herald.
Over the course of the 3-day festival, only 35 arrests were made, and 59 attendees were taken to hospitals, out of over 150,000 people from around the world enjoying the festival. The Herald says that according to Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carrol, "crowds were more mature and overall calls for service were also much lower than in previous years.
Miami police Lt. Freddi Cruz credits this dip to "education, co-operation and [everybody] maturing,” while Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll offered, “This year people were definitely following advice.”
After a 2014 incident involving the trampling of a security guard, things at Ultra have changed. From having to be 18 or older to attend to only water and fannypacks being allowed inside the park, it looks like the new rules are having a positive impact on the festival.
Billboard has reached out to Ultra for further comment.