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10 to 10 tailgate drinking policy continues another year

Megan Riley / The Arbiter

Now that the school year is starting, students are again afforded the opportunity to watch their boys on The Blue make big plays.

This also means tailgating. This is the second year a 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. drinking zone policy will be in effect on campus.  Before and during home football games, anyone over the age of 21 is permitted to consume alcohol in the boundary designated on campus as long as it’s held in a non-see-through plastic cup.

Although the hope was for the number of citations to go down in the first year this policy was established, last year proved different.

According to Lt. Rob Gallas of the Boise Police Department, 124 citations were written for individuals with an open container, such as a beer can or bottle, and 73 for underage drinking, which is handled with a zero tolerance policy at Boise State.

“I understand alcohol is part of the (college) culture,” Gallas said. “What I need to do is make sure people understand minors consuming alcohol is not okay, neither is overconsumption.”

A large misconception is that BPD amps up its patrols at the beginning of the school year in the hope of catching more party-goers. According to Gallas, this is not true.  

“It seems like we go through these education stages every year,” he said. “As people become more aware of what’s tolerated and not, they make different choices.”

Rather than hand out citations to everyone caught drinking out of beer cans, BPD feels obligated to educate students and other individuals about the 10 to 10 policy on game days.  

Education for minors may be a little harsher.

Because of Boise State’s zero tolerance policy and the rule of law, minors will automatically receive a citation or even go to jail for drinking on or off campus.

This may seem extreme to some, but from Gallas’ point of view, a lot more is being threatened than one individual’s clean record.

“Typically with a loud party there’s not a lot of regard for neighbors,” he said.

His office often receives complaints about things like loud noise, vandalism, trespassing, theft and urination in public. This, Gallas believes, stems from a lack of respect.

“If people would just be respectful of other people’s property and their quality of life, I would not get called to the majority of things I get called to,” Gallas said.

Gallas understands students are going to drink and oftentimes won’t get caught, but when they do, his office will enforce the law.

“Ultimately it comes down to that student making a choice,” Gallas said. “When they do, they need to understand there’s consequences and be willing to take responsibility.”