New program in Eau Claire aims to curb public intoxication

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Eau Claire Police Department is rolling out a new diversion program aimed at curbing public intoxication.

In October of last year, the Eau Claire City Council passed an ordinance for public excessive intoxication.

As part of the ordinance, a task force created a diversion program.

Here’s how it works. If someone is cited for public excessive intoxication for the first time, they’re given the option to enroll in the diversion program, where they’ll learn about the issues that come along with public intoxication.

Deputy Chief Chad Hoyord said they’re providing this tool because they don’t want to see people go down a dangerous path.

“We don’t want to see people at that state. So, if there’s something that we can do that might be able to benefit somebody or steer them in a direction where there’s services in our community that might assist them, that’s what we’d like to do with this program,” Hoyord said.

People cited for the offense normally receive a $295 ticket. However, if they complete the course the fine will be dismissed. They will still have to pay a $200 fee for the program.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim

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