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Police warn students: don't drink in public or gather on roofs during Boston Marathon weekend

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  April 8, 2013 01:58 PM

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Boston Police are warning area college students to be particularly mindful of the city’s ban on public drinking and intoxication and not to gather on roofs, fire escapes or porches during Marathon Weekend.

Starting Friday, race-related events will be held leading up to the Boston Marathon on Monday, which is a state holiday, Patriots’ Day.

“The Boston Police wants everyone to have a safe and happy holiday,” the department said in a statement. “The one event that signals the start of spring in Boston is the Boston Marathon.”

“Please be respectful to the neighborhood and its residents,” the statement said.

Police said that large crowds are expected for Monday’s race. The swarms of visitors along with a heavy police presence and closed streets will restrict access to parts of the city, including through parts of Allston, Brighton, Audubon Circle and the Back Bay.

Police said there will be a “zero-tolerance policy” on public drinking, open containers and intoxication. “Congregating on rooftops, fire escapes and porches is prohibited,” police said.

Authorities also warned students to secure their on- and off-campus housing when they leave: lock doors and windows; keep electronic devices hidden from outside view; when outside, be aware of surroundings, walk with a friend and in well-lit areas if possible and do not walk and talk on a cell phone or wear headphones.

“Electronic devices such as iPods, iPhones and expensive headphones are an attractive (temptation) to would-be thieves,” police said.

“It is our hope that you enjoy the holiday weekend festivities and celebrate in a safe and responsible manner,” the statement from Boston Police said. “Please keep in mind that you all play a role in our effort to ensure that the City of Boston is a shining example of good sportsmanship and pride.”

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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