- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - University of Wisconsin-Madison campus police issued about 50 percent more tickets for underage drinking this fall amid a crackdown on dangerous drinking habits.

Police cited 416 people for possessing alcohol underage between Aug. 20 and Nov. 4 compared with 276 in the same period last year. The number of underage alcohol-related police contacts, which include citations and warnings, nearly doubled in that time as well.

UW police spokesman Marc Lovicott tells the Wisconsin State Journal (https://bit.ly/1zb3lx1 ) the spike in ticketing was the result of stepped-up patrols in dorm rooms and around campus meant to excessive drinking. The department brought in extra officers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Tickets cost first offenders $263.50, and get more expensive with subsequent offenses. Students cited for drinking can also face university sanctions.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj


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