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Archive for Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Police to beef up patrol on New Year’s Eve

December 30, 2008

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A heavy presence of officers will help ring in the New Year.

More police officers than usual will be on the streets of Lawrence as people celebrate, said Sgt. Bill Cory, police spokesman. No saturation patrols are planned, but officers will be focusing on alcohol violations, he said.

“The Lawrence Police Department wants everyone to enjoy the holiday, but please do so in a responsible and safe manner,” Cory said.

Drunken drivers should be reported to law enforcement promptly, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, Douglas County sheriff’s spokesman. Deputies will monitor the roads and highways closely, he said.

If you’re out and about on New Year’s Eve, Lewis said wearing your seat belt is the best defense against drunken drivers.

“It is better to be responsible and spend the holiday with family and friends, than spend it in a hospital bed or in a jail cell,” Lewis said.

Those ringing in the New Year with alcohol should have a designated driver or a safe ride home to avoid tragic collisions and drunken driving arrests, law enforcement said.

DCCCA Inc. is coordinating Tipsy Taxi, a free taxi service for those who overindulge. For the 25th year, area businesses will provide free taxi rides home for those who have been drinking.

Ten taxis will be dedicated to providing the free rides between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 3 a.m. Thursday for those who specifically ask for a Tipsy Taxi when calling 842-TAXI (8294). The taxi will only take people to a residential address and not to other parties or businesses.

Comments

flux 5 years, 12 months ago

Why not beef up access to a safe ride. The Lawrence T should be out in full force getting people home safley. At least 99% of the people paying for it will never use it......here is our chance.

Shane Garrett 5 years, 12 months ago

Beef it's whats for dinner! Or that big deer in yesterdays news. The drivers for the T will all need a taxi ride on new year's eve.

eotw33 5 years, 12 months ago

Safe ride isn't that safe (I personally have been in two accidents involving their vehibles and both were their fault because they ran stop signs), their driver's are horrible and cause accidents all the time and the T is the last thing we need out at 2 am, as far as the taxi service goes I have no complaints about the ones in Lawrence, they have friendly and safe drivers and seem to be right on time all the time no matter who you use, just don't puick in the taxi, it adds a $40 or $50 charge!

flux 5 years, 12 months ago

Well then what is your solution eotw33? Taxi rides can take an hour or more on New Years!

alm77 5 years, 12 months ago

We're having the party at our house. Some people are staying over and some live very near by. We're not planning it that way to get smashed, we're planning it that way to stay off the roads and avoid getting smashed by others who are smashed! ;) Yes, the T out would be awesome. I think they should run every Friday and Saturday night for this reason as well. They should sell a bracelet for people who take the T downtown at the beginning of the night so they can take it right back home later.

flux 5 years, 12 months ago

Exactly! The bus needs to run on Friday and Saturday nights. It should run in a big square hitting Mass st on a regular basis We just dedicated 10- 15 millions dollars to the bus system that most of us will never use. If we must make revenue, then the bracelet is not a bad idea. Hell you might meet someome on the bus ride home....but thats not the point here folks......SAFETY is.

Confrontation 5 years, 12 months ago

I would suggest that people start acting like adults and stop getting wasted and getting behind the wheel. Grow up. The city doesn't have to provide you free rides just because you can't control yourself.

flux 5 years, 12 months ago

GREAT IDEA......NOT! Thats obviously not going to happen, so thats why we must put our thinking caps on kids. There is nothing free about a 15 million dollar transit system......Mr. confrontation. Its our tax dollars, why shouldnt we have a say in how it could better serve us?

flux 5 years, 12 months ago

Yeah, I dont believe him either. By the way, what the hell is... eotw33? Are you related to R2D2 ?

Bladerunner 5 years, 12 months ago

EOTW stands for End of the World (according to Google)

Whip101 5 years, 12 months ago

So what's the problem with you Lawrence residence taking responsibility for your own actions? You NEED the government to protect yourselves from yourselves? BIG BROTHER is not only watching you - he is also watching over you, his children.

kelsay 5 years, 12 months ago

hey confrontation, too bad that ride is not so free after all. we all paid for it.

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