Police to Start Giving Out Citations For Public Drinking - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Police to Start Giving Out Citations For Public Drinking

Posted: Updated:
BUTTE -

Butte-Silver Bow County police will increase patrols for New Year's Eve.

While their primary goal is to stop drunk drivers, for the first time they will also enforce a new county ordinance that bans public drinking after 2 a.m.

"We gave an adequate warning period of time," said Butte-Silver Bow County Sheriff Ed Lester. "So people should be aware the ordinance exists."

For the last week and a half, police have been working with bar owners teaching them what they can do to help with the ordinance.

"We're going to try our very best at just getting them to leave the drinks at the door before 2," said Sam Jankovich, owner of the M&M. "Once they get out there, there's not a whole lot we can do."

During the first weekend of the ordinance, officers issued a total of 30 warnings.

Now the citations will cost at least $100 for first time offenders and up to $500 for repeat offenders.

"The money from the citations will be paid to the city court," said Lester. "Judge Granger will be the judge that oversees the cases. They'll proceed through his court and most likely go into the general fund."

Citations will be handed out to repeat offenders; no matter how many times they are caught drinking in public.

Instead of a felony, they will just be ordered to continue paying the fines.

"I don't really anticipate the ordinance being a problem," Lester said. "I think after a couple weeks of citations it will be pretty much accepted and we won't have to deal with too many citations."

The ordinance is in effect for all of Butte.

It does not comply for rural areas outside of the town.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

    Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:19:35 GMT
    The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some eight million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the...
    Authorities say a pipe break that flooded UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion has now released 20 million gallons of water and continues to gush.
  • Sheriff: Baby left in van outside doctor's office

    Sheriff: Baby left in van outside doctor's office

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:17:41 GMT
    A doctor and nurses went to the aid of a 2-month-old baby girl after a Florida mom left the infant in a hot minivan outside a pediatrician's office for about an hour, authorities say.
    A doctor and nurses went to the aid of a 2-month-old baby girl after a Florida mom left the infant in a hot minivan outside a pediatrician's office for about an hour, authorities say.
  • Key witness testifies in ex-governor's trial

    Key witness testifies in ex-governor's trial

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:17:40 GMT
    The assistant to the wealthy businessman at the center of the corruption case against ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has testified about arranging trips for the former first family.
    Curing his wife's thyroid disease. Connections in the high-end fashion world. Learjet flights for politicians.
  • Most Popular

Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.