On Tuesday, the Ashwaubenon Village Board unanimously passed a new public intoxication ordinance.
Those who violate the ordinance can be handed a citation between $200 to $400.
The citation will help Ashwaubenon Public Safety officers hold those accountable who are intoxicated and urinating in public, trying to re-enter a bar when they were removed, passing out on sidewalks, or being a public nuisance.
“Public Safety’s come across individuals that are either public urination, sleeping, passed out, or call 9-1-1 looking for a ride, and we’re looking for ways or means of holding people accountable for their actions,” Ashwaubenon Public Safety Chief of Police Eric Dunning said.
Dunning proposed the ordinance, and said it was not to deter people from enjoying themselves and having drinks, but rather to curb some of the behaviors that cause a disturbance but don’t merit an arrest for disorderly conduct.
Between Packer games and typical Friday nights out, officers spend between thirty minutes to two hours taking care of those who are overly intoxicated.
“With the entertainment district that we have, you know, it’s a popular spot, and we’re running into situations where people go out, maybe overindulge, and fail to take care of themselves,” Dunning said.
While a drunk becoming a public nuisance can now come at a price, what won’t change is how the officers make sure they get home safely.
“The purpose of this is not to cite and release, it’s a cite, make sure they’re alright, and get them back to the hotel, to the home, wherever they may be, we want a responsible party to take care of them,” the chief said.
The ordinance will take effect this Saturday.