We got a “please play nice” press release from Boise coppers and based on their own numbers it seems that smoking, drinking and Uber cars are keeping them in business in the “vibrant downtown” of what we seek to be the “most livable city in America.”
We have previously noted that about 25% of ALL calls for police service are in the downtown area…much of which pays little or no revenue to the city of Boise because most of the taxes are diverted to the CCDC urban renewal agency.
Here is what the coppers have to say:
Downtown reminders… Officers ask everyone to respect others and enjoy responsibly
Boise Police Micro District officers have received several comments of concern from members of the Downtown public in the past few weeks. As a result, officers would like to remind folks of a few things to remember when enjoying the exciting resource that is the Boise Downtown area on weekends:
– Pedestrians should always remember to use crosswalks when walking around the Downtown area. Jaywalking can be dangerous to pedestrians when traffic is present, and it is also a citable offense.
– Many concerns have been received regarding disorderly conduct or people intoxicated in public. Officers ask people to enjoy Downtown responsibly and respect others so that everyone may have a good time.
– Taxi drivers are asked to use the specific designated lanes when waiting to pick up fares. Impeding traffic in a non-designated lane is a citable offense.
– Reports have indicated that some Uber drivers may be impeding traffic, using taxi lanes to pick up fares, or using parking stalls on Main Street to conduct business, all of which are citable offenses. Uber drivers are asked to conduct their business in private parking lots.
– Smoking on 8th Street is not allowed per City Ordinance. Those who smoke are asked to not on 8th Street, and officers remind that it is a citable offense.
Officers ask that all be respectful of others while enjoying Downtown Boise, and please be aware of these reminders.
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