Police Prep for Mardi Gras
POSTED: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 5:11pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 6:14pm
EL PASO – Mardi Gras, also known as “Fat Tuesday” is typically a time when people let loose right before Lent, and party it up. And as bars around the Borderland plan big festivities for tomorrow, we wanted to know if police were taking any steps to make sure things don't get out of hand.
The Three Legged Monkey is just one of the many businesses around El Paso that's gearing up for tomorrow's festivities.
“We have DJ's, we have giveaways, we have food specials, dancing,” said Michael Armstrong, who owns the bar.
All that usually goes hand-in-hand with alcohol, which can quickly become a safety issue. So, the El Paso Police Department is stepping up manpower to deal with possible drunk drivers on the road.
“Aside from having officers directed and dedicated to trying to keep the partiers safe, we've also got some redistribution of our resources from traffic, which will be focused more on the DWI-heavy hours,” said El Paso Police Dept. spokesman Darrel Petry.
Armstrong said he's also bringing in more security, to make sure party-goers don't get out of hand.
“We have a suitable staff that we being in depending on the day, so it will have an increased presence,” stated Armstrong.
Meantime, Petry told us he wants El Pasoans to keep one thing in mind, as they celebrate tomorrow.
“There are so many alternatives that are less expensive and more safe than driving after you've been drinking...a cab ride home, tow your vehicle, call a friend, call a designated driver.”