09-28-09 BSU Game Day Advisory: Parking, Traffic, Alcohol
Boise, Sept. 28, 2009 – The BSU football season is underway. 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."
Kick off time is at 6:00 p.m. for the Bronco homecoming game against UC Davis Saturday, October 3rd.
Boise Police are advising motorists not headed to the game 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 find a parking space and walk to the stadium.
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.
• Citation: most parking tickets now carry a $40 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. Please refer to signs 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, signs clearly indicate 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.
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).
• 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.