RCMP in Sylvan Lake say a recent crackdown on drunk and disorderly behaviour is proving to be successful.

Town officials introduced a new community standards bylaw in early June in the hopes of curbing unruly and destructive behaviour, and promoting a more family-friendly atmosphere for tourists.

Under the new bylaw, offenders who yell, swear, urinate or fight in public can face fines up to $500 for the first offence, and up to $1,000 for the second.

RCMP Cpl. Malcolm Callihoo said people were not happy when officers first started handing out fines.

"There was a bit of a shock, I think, to some people at first when they received the tickets."

Callihoo said the stiff fines are proving to be a deterrent.

"I know there was some widespread criticism about them in the beginning, but I think they will be an effective tool for us to use and I really do think that they will make a difference in the long run," he said.

While Callihoo said the fines have been successful in discouraging unruly behaviour, he was quick to add that the August long weekend will be the real test.

Sylvan Lake, just west of Red Deer, has a population of 11,000, but that number can swell to 40,000 during the summer months.