Monday, 30 September 2013

Sober Up in a drunk tank

Drinkers who get so intoxicated they cannot look after themselves would be cared for in holding cells until they sober up and charged for it, as well as being fined for being drunk and disorderly.
Police believe this initiative would act as a deterrent to excessive drinking as well as free up officers from having to deal with late-night drunkenness.

 Adrian Lee, the chief constable of Northamptonshire  said: “I do not see why the police service or the health service should pick up the duty of care for someone who has chosen to go out and get so drunk that they cannot look after themselves".
 It is estimated that it costs between £300 and £400 a night to hold someone in a police cell - more than a night in the Ritz hotel. Is public money being used irresponsably?

Watch the video to learn a bit more about this issue