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Cops struggle to keep lid on rowdy spring breakers

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(CBSNEWS) — It is peak week for spring break in many of America’s sun spots, including Miami. Hundreds of thousands of college students are partying together, but several communities are struggling to maintain control, often unsuccessfully, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann.


One hot spot is Ocean Drive on South Beach. Think of it as a mosh pit that stretches at least eight blocks.


How many kids? A couple hundred thousand is a frequent guess. But it’s like that ninth beer – the real number no longer matters – except to Miami beach cops. Fewer than 400 of them are trying to keep the lid on.


“They’re still going to do what they’re going to do. You’re not going to stop them,” said Bobby Jenkins, president of the local fraternal order or police.


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