By Nichole Igwe
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
This weekend, as Michigan State University’s men’s basketball team plays for the Big Ten championship on the day before St/ Patrick’s Day, East Lansing Police say they hope everyone will act responsibly.
St. Patrick’s day is one of the busiest weekends of the year for bars and the police. It is widely celebrated as a drinking holiday around the world. And in East Lansing, the occasion is never a dull one. As residents and students get ready to celebrate the holiday, as well as the Big Ten men’s basketball championship, police hope that residents all act responsibly.
“What helps is if people make smart decisions. Hopefully everybody has a good time and do not get themselves in trouble,” said Captain Jeff Murphy.
The weather greatly influences the activities of that day. “Last year it was almost 80 degrees, Murphy said. “This year it’s on Monday and so far, the weather prediction is not like anything we’ve seen in the past,” he said.
Last year, in an effort to curb drinking and driving, overnight parking was free in specified parking lots. “This year, there has been no discussions yet of doing anything special like that,” said Parking Operations Coordinator Caleb Sharrow.
Last year, police weekend reports show that from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Sunday, there were 439 calls for service, 52 noise complaints, 212 appearance citations and 56 arrests.
There will be extra officers on duty throughout the
“Keep in mind there are limits and the limits are there to keep everybody in town safe. So stay within the limit,” Murphy said.