It would appear The Hot Topic today is about how hard one can get their drink on at the St. Patrick's Day Party and Parade along Greenville Avenue Saturday. The Dallas Police Department sends word that one need look no further than the Central Patrol Division's website, which has the do's and don'ts for those attending the event, including a "general information" heads-up that says: "The Dallas Police Department will have an increased presence and will be Enforcing City Ordinance 6-6.1 which outlaws Open Container and Public Consumption of Alcohol outside the designated areas for this event."
That's the ordinance that says, "A person commits an offense if he consumes an alcoholic beverage outside the Dallas central area on: any property owned or leased by the city; or a public street or any public place within 18 feet of a public street." So's ya know.
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Angela Hunt also mentions that in her note likewise posted to the DPD's site, which addresses other changes this year, including "more trashcans and portalets, increased police presence south of Belmont Avenue, additional enforcement in the 3500 block of Greenville Avenue." (Update: Hunt has posted a little more info here.)
And then, this just in from the Dallas Police Department:
The Dallas Police Department will conduct a No-Refusal DWI Initiative during the St. Patrick's Day Weekend. This initiative will begin at 6:00 P.M., Friday, March 11, 2011 and will end at 6:00 A.M., Sunday, March 13, 2011.
During this initiative officers will secure a search warrant for a blood sample from all persons arrested for DWI who refuse to voluntarily give a breath and/or blood sample.
Or, you could just go to the new Centennial on Lowest Greenville and get yourself a 1.75-liter jug of Old Fitzgerald and head back to the house. Your call.