Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

12-29-09 Humanitarian Bowl Gameday Reminders!

12-29-09 Humanitarian Bowl Gameday Reminders!

    Boise, Dec. 29th, 2009 – The Humanitarian Bowl will take place at Bronco Stadium tomorrow (December 30th) and Boise Police want everyone to have a good time and stay safe!

    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.

Traffic Advisory:

    Fans should plan for heavy traffic and arrive with plenty of time to find a legal parking place and 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. 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 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. Violation of the parking restrictions is a $37. fine. In some areas, signage clearly indicates that violating vehicles risk being towed.

    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.