10-10 Program Reduces Number of Open Container Violations on First Weekend

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Signs showed tailgaters at Julia Davis Park where they were allowed to have open alcohol containers during the Broncos' home opener football game Sept. 7. - BOISE POLICE DEPARTMENT
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  • Signs showed tailgaters at Julia Davis Park where they were allowed to have open alcohol containers during the Broncos' home opener football game Sept. 7.

The 10-10 program, which allows open alcohol containers on a portion of Julia Davis Park during Boise State University game days, was put to the test Sept. 7 during the Broncos/Tennessee-Martin game.

"It went very, very smoothly. There was no noticeable increase in problem behavior," said Boise Police Department spokeswoman Lynn Hightower.

According to Hightower, officers handed out 12 open container citations during the game, down from 45 citations at the first home game last year, though minor in possession citations increased to 28, compared with 23 last year. Parking citations were up dramatically, from 43 citations last year to 102 Sept. 7.

Hightower told Boise Weekly that the purpose of the ordinance was to reduce public confusion about where drinking was allowed and free police to focus their attention on more pressing security concerns during football games, like driving under the influence, fighting and noise violations. By that metric, Hightower said, this first home game was a success.

"It wasn't surprising to officers that it went so smoothly, because citizens who wanted to be responsible asked if they could responsibly enjoy alcohol," she said.

She was surprised, however, about the degree of public knowledge of the 10-10 zone in the park. "People had already heard of it. The biggest questions were the boundaries, which is a good question to have," she said.

The next Boise State football home game is scheduled for Sept. 13, with a Broncos vs. Air Force conference event at 6 p.m. On Sept. 28 the Broncos will again play at home, when they face off against Southern Miss. Game time is TBA.