Archive for Friday, May 15, 2009

Lawrence police urge caution during weekend celebrations

The end of the school year and Sunday's graduation are reasons to celebrate, but police are warning people to party responsibly.

May 15, 2009


Lawrence police are encouraging people to use good judgment while celebrating the completion of finals and this weekend’s graduation at Kansas University.

“It’s a good time of the year for people, it’s spring time, people are finishing school, that’s a big step in a lot of people’s life … and they want to celebrate,” said Sgt. Bill Cory, police spokesman. “We tell people that are over 21 to just please celebrate responsibly and take care of yourself.”

For those planning to celebrate at Clinton Lake, Kansas Wildlife and Parks game wardens and natural resource officers said they’ll be conducting saturation patrols this evening on and around the lake.

“The intent of the selective enforcement effort will be to target underage drinking,” said Aaron Henrichs, natural resource officer. He said state parks are often the site of underage drinking, “due to the seclusion the areas offer.”

Multiple tragic examples of underage drinking have been reported in Lawrence this spring, including the alcohol-related deaths of an underaged KU student in his fraternity house and an underaged KU student who fell from a roof.

Cory encouraged people to look out for themselves and others, and said they should call for help if they see someone who has had too much to drink.

“Everybody needs to be responsible,” he said. “I expect everybody to have a good time and be happy that they accomplished something, but to do things responsibly.”


Ranger35 8 years, 10 months ago

"We tell people that are over 21 to just please celebrate responsibly and take care of yourself.”

I guess he is also saying

"For those of you not yet 21, celebrate irresponsibly."

Confrontation 8 years, 10 months ago

I'd advise staying away from anyone who travels here from Topeka. Oh, and stay out of the alleys.

Babydoll 8 years, 10 months ago

Please everyone be safe...Lawrence really does love you!

monkeywrench1969 8 years, 10 months ago

After reading what has been going on in recent months I think they are trying to say don't drink and get behind the wheel, Don't leave your wing-man or wing-girl with "new friends they met that night (i.e. strangers) or even shady friends your respective groups already know, If you see a group of angry guys milling around outside a bar don't flock to it light bugs to a lights get out of there in case bullets or fist start flying, don't honk and shoot your mouth in line at a food drive through because someone is not doing what you want them to...

Chris Ogle 8 years, 10 months ago

Advice: Don't do anything I wouldn't do.... more than twice.

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