Police offer tips to stay safe on St. Patrick's Day
The Mount Pleasant Police Department wants students to celebrate safely on St. Patrick's Day.
Last year, police received 165 calls for service, arrested 10 people and wrote 19 tickets for disorderly conduct, minor in possession, open intoxicants and operating a vehicle while under the influence.
Police suggest only bringing essentials to parties, like a phone, keys, identification and wallet. If you're planning on being the designated driver, police say to watch out for pedestrians who might not pay attention.
Drinking didn't begin off campus last year.
Numbers to know
Mount Pleasant Police: (989) 779-5100
CMU Police: (989) 774-3076
Chippewa Cab: (989) 779-2227
Safe Rides: (989) 774-4357
Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates: (989) 774-CALL
There were 10 cases of students being removed from campus due to alcohol poisoning on the holiday, one bringing an ambulance to campus to take the student to McLaren Central Michigan hospital. Sixteen were cited or arrested on campus for alcohol or drug violations.
To avoid alcohol poisoning, police suggest knowing your limits, staying hydrated and taking time to eat. Don't wander off alone or leave drinks unattended.
During the 2015 holiday, some students posted on social media about drinking in class. Professors have the right to dismiss students from class if they are being disruptive, and involve the police if needed.