Sunday, February 23, 2014

Fewer Open Container Citations at Boise State Tailgates But Underage Drinking Citations Are Way Up

Posted By on Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

When the Boise City Council meets this coming Tuesday, Feb. 25, they'll be briefed by the Boise Police Department on the first year of the so-called "10 to 10" program, which permitted tailgating activities within new, expanded boundaries on Boise State University football game days.

Apart from Boise State property, the 10 to 10 zones encompassed a section of Julia Davis Park, extended between Broadway Avenue and the Friendship Bridge that crosses the Boise River between Boise State and the park.

And BPD reports that law enforcement focused more of their efforts on education, issuing more warnings that tickets. In all, just 119 open container citations were issued during Boise State football game days in 2013. Compare that to 233 citations in 2010 or even 403 citations in 2009.

But tickets for underage drinking were way up: 72 underage alcohol consumption citations were handed out in 2013 during Boise State football game days, compared to 28 citations in 2012, 11 in 2011 and the previous high of 44 in 2010.

According to police, "one contributing circumstance for the substantial increase in underage drinking tickets in 2013 was the ability of officers to spend more time in the neighborhoods responding to complaints."

Boise Police are asking City Council approval to extend the 10 to 10 ordinance to this year's football season, following what it considered to be its "pilot" in 2013.

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