Dallas Police Getting Stricter For St. Patrick’s Day

By Marianne Martinez, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Dallas’ annual St. Patrick’s Day block party attracts thousands of revelers to Lower Greenville.  But this year’s event comes with a big change.  Dallas Police will be enforcing the open container law more strictly.

“Usually, it’s just a time where everyone has a great time,” said Matt Harrison, who lives just a couple of blocks from Lower Greenville.  “Just drink and eat lots of food and start early in the morning and finish late at night.”

Harrison will have to be be a little more careful about how he and his friends party.  Anyone who’s drinking within 18 feet from a public right of way, like a sidewalk, can receive a $250 citation.

“In past events, we’ve poured out the alcohol, but we’re going to be a little more strict,” said Dallas Police Sgt. Warren Mitchell.

Mitchell said it will not be a zero tolerance policy, so there is some leniency.

“It’s not to say we’re going out there and count off 18 feet to make sure you’re 18 feet away from the sidewalk,” Mitchell said.  “We want everyone to just be more responsible and not get too intoxicated, not discard beer cans in the neighborhood.”

Some residents agree with the stepped-up enforcement.

“A little more strict, a little more in control to send the message especially for the after-party,” said Mark Rieves, who is on the board of the Vickery Place Neighborhood Association.  “If they’ve got open containers, they can use [the law] to haul away the stupid people.”


One Comment

  1. crasster says:

    Ohh just what we need STRICTER police!

    Such bad criminals enjoying St. Patty’s day.
    This is why I can’t stand cops.

    1. judith says:

      Dallas police are not the the kindest or fairest police dept and I don not believe they are going to be fair here either. people come out to have a great time at the parade with friends and family last year i saw the police being rude and I bet they will be equally if not worse this year now that they have the OK to enforce thier strong arm!

      1. SDP says:

        We here in the neighborhood can tell you are not a homeowner here, probably a single party animal still looking for your man, and are not a respectable individual in someone else’s neighborhood that welcomes you in as long as you abide by the law. Judith, you reek.

  2. Jeff Hall says:

    This is why greenville is dying.

  3. scott says:

    Here’s a concept: How about no one showing up this year.

  4. a says:

    I wouldn’t blow this out of proportion so much. Sounds like they’re more or less just going to crack down a bit more on the irresponsible drunks.. which I’m all for. If you can’t drink without acting like an idiot, don’t drink.

  5. Sherry Johnston says:

    I agree with a. Just hope the police don’t overact.

  6. Harvard says:

    I’ve attended the parade and block party for the past five years, and its always a wonderful time for those who like to party but do so responsibly. The heightened enforcement will certainly help with all of those who choose to trash the neighborhood and be the self proclaimed king or queen of the beer bong. My only concern is DPD’s use of “discretion.” I only hope they can tell the difference between those that are a detriment and those of which have fun responsibly and keep the event going each year. * SDP – Your ability to read between the lines is incredible. I read Judith’s post several times and could not tell that she was a reeking, single party animal that does not own a home there. On the other hand, your post hints that you’re an ignorant, presumptuous resident who’s either a cop or married to one. Lose the ‘tude or move into a different neighborhood where there’s fresh air for your skyward pointed nose!

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