Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, August 28, 2009

082809 BSU Game Day Advisory; Parking, Traffic, Alcohol

082809 BSU Game Day Advisory; Parking, Traffic, Alcohol

    Boise, August 27, 2009 – The upcoming BSU football season is about to get underway. The season promises to be another exciting one, and Boise Police are reminding citizens to celebrate the Broncos safely!

    Once again this football season, Boise Police are reminding fans to:

• Drive safely to and from the football games. Do not drink and drive.
• Park safely and legally. Those who ignore parking laws and/or signs jeopardize safety and risk getting a ticket or being towed, depending on the violation!
• Drink alcohol in designated areas. For public safety, open containers of alcohol are not allowed in public areas.
• Be good neighbors by throwing away litter and respecting the safety and cleanliness of homes and businesses in the BSU area.

    "Neighbors around the University say extra police patrols during football games in recent years has noticeably cut down on past problems associated with illegal parking, litter, and irresponsible alcohol use." said Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson.

    "Most fans want to be cooperative. Our objective with the extra patrols is to keep BSU fans safe, keep the neighborhoods around the campus safe and clean, and to do what we can to make game days a positive celebration for everyone."

Home Opener Traffic Advisory:

    With kick off time at 8:15 p.m. for the Bronco home opener against Oregon Thursday, September 3rd, some BSU Fans will be headed to the stadium early, the same time as commuters head home.

    Boise Police are advising commuters who use Broadway, Vista and Capitol to be prepared for heavy traffic or use alternate routes to avoid any congestion.

    BSU fans should plan for heavy traffic and arrive with plenty of time to walk to the stadium.    

Parking Advisory:

    Neighborhoods / public streets: To preserve neighborhood and public safety, officers will be watching for vehicles that pose a safety hazard, such as those parked blocking sidewalks, crosswalks and fire hydrants, or parked too close to intersections or stop signs.

    Both Idaho State and Boise City codes prohibit the following hazardous parking:

• Within 30 feet of a stop sign or yield sign;
• Within 20 feet of a crosswalk—marked or unmarked—at an intersection;
• Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant;
• On a sidewalk;
• On a yellow or red “no parking” curb.

    These laws apply to all motor vehicles, including motorcycles and scooters.

    PENALTIES:

• Citation: most parking tickets carry a $37 fine.
• Tow: motorists risk their vehicle being towed if parked blocking a driveway, access way, fire hydrant, or parked illegally in an alleyway.

    Parks: Boise Parks & Recreation also reminds football fans that all vehicles must be parked legally within Julia Davis Park. Overnight parking is prohibited. The park closes at midnight, except Sept. 3 when towing will be delayed until 2:00 a.m. because of the Oregon game. Please refer to signage within city parks for additional rules and information. Per Boise City parks ordinances, those parked illegally in Julia Davis Park risk a ticket, or if parked later than specified times, risk being towed.

    University Drive: Signs posted on the north and south sides of University Drive now restrict parking between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. These restrictions are the result of input from the BSU campus community that high profile vehicles like RV’s parked at these sites prior to football games block visibility for motorists and take up multiple free parking spaces, sometimes for days at a time. Violation of the parking restrictions is a $37. In some areas, signage clearly indicates that violating vehicles risk being towed.

    Downtown Parking Shuttles: The Downtown Boise Association has coordinated free shuttle buses from downtown locations to the game. Please log onto www.downtownboise.org for specific details.

    Alcohol Advisory:

    Officers want to remind citizens to celebrate responsibly. For public safety, Boise Police will be watching for illegal alcohol use in the neighborhoods surrounding Boise State. Increases in people on neighborhood streets and parking lots in the Broadway area prior to the games has in past years, resulted in increased complaints and concerns about illegal alcohol use and related problems like disorderly conduct, underage drinking, drunk driving, assaults, urinating in public, loud parties, and littering.

    It is a violation of city code to have open containers of alcohol on public streets and sidewalks, city parks without a parks dept. permit, and within 250 feet of the Boise River. This includes private parking lots open to the public (private parking lots with catering permits are the exception).

    PENALTIES:

• 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 citizens safe, and to maintain the cleanliness and safety of the neighborhoods surrounding the BSU campus.

Go Broncos!

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Release from Boise Parks and Recreation:

Media contacts:
Ginger Jewell, Reservations Manager, 384-4060, ext. 321
Mollie Holt, Superintendent of Administration, 384-4060, ext. 317

BSU FOOTBALL FANS: REMINDER ABOUT PARKING RULES
IN JULIA DAVIS PARK

    Boise Parks & Recreation would like to remind Boise State football fans about some of the parking rules in Julia Davis Park. Julia Davis Park is open to visitors from sunrise to midnight, but vehicles left in the park after midnight will be towed.

    Because of the 8:15 p.m. kickoff for the Broncos vs. Oregon football game on Sept. 3, cars will not be towed until after 2 a.m.
There is a two-hour parking limit from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Cars parked longer than two hours during the day will be ticketed
Beer and wine are allowed in the park’s two shelters, which are available by reservation from mid-April to mid-October. Glass containers are prohibited from all city parks.

    On game days, additional signs will be posted prominently in the park to remind fans about parking regulations.

    “The rules and regulations have been adopted to protect public safety in the parks,” said Mollie Holt, Superintendent of Administration. 

    “The parks are not lit appropriately for night-time use and traffic lanes must remain open for emergency-vehicle access. Vehicles parked illegally in cross walks and no-parking zones, including handicapped spaces, will be towed.”

    Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., is located across the Boise River from Boise State University. The park, which is home to several museums and Zoo Boise, is a cultural, historic and artistic hub in the heart of the city. For a park map and guidelines, see www.cityofboise.org/parks and click on “Parks & Facilities.”


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