11-07-08 BSU Game Day Advisory
Boise, Nov. 7, 2008 - Tomorrow, the Boise State Broncos take on Utah in a Saturday afternoon home game. Boise Police are reminding citizens to celebrate the team responsibly, and park legally, keeping the safety of the campus neighborhood in mind.
Boise Police Officers who patrol nearby neighborhoods during and after football games say they're seeing fewer alcohol related problems this year. That was reflected in a recent meeting of the Original South Boise Neighborhood Association where residents told officers that they were seeing fewer loud parties, less litter, fewer on street tailgate parties, etc. Neighbors said they were very pleased with the department's education and enforcement efforts that have helped the neighborhood stay safe and clean.
Officers cite public education, followed by consistent enforcement for the decrease in alcohol related problems. For example, for the Sept. 15th, 2007 BSU football game against Wyoming, Boise Police officers issued 115 alcohol-related citations (69 open container, 46 minors in possession). For the Sept. 13th, 2008 game against Bowling Green, officers issued just 49 alcohol related citations (43 open container, 6 minor in possession).
Officer say violations that remain consistent are DUI's following the game and parking problems. Officers consistently write about 175 parking tickets per home game in the neighborhoods around BSU, and make between 5 and 10 DUI arrests.
To preserve neighborhood and public safety, motorists risk citations when they park blocking sidewalks, crosswalks and fire hydrants, or parked too close to intersections or stop signs.
Boise Parks & Recreation also reminds football fans that all vehicles must be parked legally within Julia Davis Park. Overnight parking is prohibited; the park is open from sunrise to sunset. Please refer to signs within city parks for additional rules and information.
- Most parking tickets carry a $36 fine.
- Motorists risk their vehicle being towed if parked blocking a driveway, access way, fire hydrant, or parked illegally in an alleyway.
For public safety, Boise Police will be watching for illegal alcohol use in the neighborhoods surrounding Boise State. In the past, neighbors have voiced concerns about illegal alcohol use and related problems like disorderly conduct, underage drinking, drunk driving, assaults, urinating in public, loud parties, and littering. Officers will be patrolling streets and parking lots in the Broadway area watching for illegal alcohol use as well as illegal parking.
Officers want to remind citizens to celebrate responsibly. It is a violation of city code to have open containers of alcohol on public streets and sidewalks, city parks without a permit, and within 250 feet of the greenbelt. This includes private parking lots open to the public (private parking lots with catering permits are the exception).
- Those carrying open containers of alcohol on city streets, sidewalks, city parks or parking lots risk getting a citation. Illegally possessing an open container of alcohol or urinating in public is a misdemeanor that requires a court appearance with a possible penalty of a fine up to $1,000 or 6 months in jail.
- Minors found in possession of alcohol risk a drivers license suspension and/or a fine.
The goal of police patrols is to keep the neighborhoods around the BSU campus clean and safe.