Cities, University continue to enforce restrictions

Left, Sgt. Scott Friedline, of the Champaign Police Department, meet with police officers from various local and state departments to discuss their techniques for recognizing potential citations in an Illinois State Police van, parked on the corner of 6th ME Online

Left, Sgt. Scott Friedline, of the Champaign Police Department, meet with police officers from various local and state departments to discuss their techniques for recognizing potential citations in an Illinois State Police van, parked on the corner of 6th ME Online

By Daily Illini Staff Report

As of 12:00 p.m. Friday, 24 notices to appear in court had been issued in the Campus area for alcohol related issues.

Lt. Holly Nearning of the Champaign Police Department said that calls from bar owners to remove disorderly persons are expected to increase around 3 p.m. The afternoon has accounted for the highest percentage of alcohol related issues on past Unofficial St. Patrick’s Days, she said.

Officials from both Urbana and Champaign police departments have said that no instances of alcohol related motor vehicle accidents or destruction of property had been reported as of 1:50 p.m.

At 4 p.m., Sgt. Bill Emery of the Illinois State Police said 18 notices to appear had been issued specifically for underage drinking.

Emery said the state police have been assisting the Champaign Police Department throughout the day and will continue through Friday night.

Police visited Station 211, 211 E. Green St., Joe’s Brewery, 706 S. 5th St. and CO Daniels, 608 E Daniel St., Friday afternoon, he said.

The state police will focus on preventing people from driving under the influence tonight, Emery said.

“Our goal is not to see how many arrests we can make, but to ensure the general safety of everyone,” he said.

Jeff Christensen, assistant chief of the University Police Department said he was pleased with the behavior of students in classrooms this year.

He requested students stay safe and continue to respect their campus and encourage any visitors to do the same.

Lisa Moore, assistant dean of students, said the Interfraternity Council’s executive board members made checks to fraternity houses this morning between 9 and 10 a.m.

Moore said the morning checks went well and chapters seem to be cooperating.

Executive members will revisit the chapters this afternoon between 2 and 4 p.m, Moore said at 3 p.m.

The Champaign Fire Department has been sending trucks to locations where alarms have been pulled throughout the day, according to the woman who answered the phone at the department.

She could not give specific numbers for the number of alarms pulled today.

Carle Foundation Hospital had only seen one alcohol related problem Friday, said Allison McLaughlin, public relations specialist for the hospital.

McLaughlin said it is tough to determine whether injuries are related to alcohol on any day, including Unofficial.