Walton County Sheriff's Office deputies have been hard at work enforcing its zero-tolerance policy since spring break began March 1.
Two bitter college rivals -- Alabama and Auburn -- were out for spring break last week, and WCSO saw their presence show up in their arrest reports.
March 9 through March 19, WCSO arrested 261 students. Five of those were for possession of marijuana, three were for open house parties, one for resisting a law enforcement officer, one for battery, and one for providing alcohol to a minor. The rest were for possession of alcohol by a minor.
Of the 261 students arrested, 100 were female, 10 were black, two Hispanic, two were Asian, and the rest were white males. Fifty-four were juveniles.
Auburn topped the list of arrestees during those 10 days with 21. However, Alabama was not far behind with 18 arrests.
Huntsville High had 19 arrests and Texas A&M had 11.
There were a total of 61 high school students arrested during that time period.
For comparison, last year during these same 10 days, there were 136 arrests.
WCSO PIO Corey Dobridnia said the sheriff's office is not seeing an exponential increase in crowds this year and attributes the increase in the number of arrests to the department being diligent in carry out its zero-tolerance policy.
"We haven't seen huge crowds, but the biggest ones and problem areas have been around the Whale's Tail, at Sandestin and Pompano Joe's," said Dobridnia. "We are not trying to embarrass anyone, but we are trying to prevent them from hurting someone, and Florida law requires mugs be published."