Through Gabriel Kenedi
Besides the headache, the bill may be salty. Each year, in Toulouse, the municipal police call between 250 and 300 people in a state of advanced intoxication on the public highway.
A deliberation on the agenda of the city council, which is to be held on Friday, October 22, 2021, plans to have the people arrested for “Manifest drunkenness” coverage of transport costs. Explanations and details.
The global security law has changed the procedures
Until now, when the municipal police stopped drunk people on the public highway, it took them directly to the central police station of the national police, “where all the administrative, medical and judicial procedure was taken care of by this entity. “, Is it indicated in the deliberation to be debated in city council on Friday.
But the Comprehensive Security Law, adopted in May 2021 which gave more power to the municipal police, “a substantially modified the manifest public drunkenness procedure for the municipal police officers ”, it is specified.
Police officers can draw up reports
Concretely, the law allows municipal police officers to “Noted the offense by Procès Verbal”. Or, until now, “they only wrote a report, followed by an investigation by the national police”.
But this new competence “forces the municipal police officers to transporter drunk person to hospital so that she can see a doctor there. Then under condition of medical compatibility, the municipal police officers led the accused to the jails of the national police station, the only one authorized to be able to carry out the sobering up measure ”, further specifies the deliberation which will be carried by Emilion Esnault, deputy to the mayor at Security.
120 euros at the expense of drunk people
For the town hall of Toulouse, “this change of procedure extend travel times, the commitment times of the municipal police teams and therefore the related costs. The time taken to take charge of the transport has therefore a cost and an impact on the availability of the municipal police“.
While the text of the law is intended that the drunk person “Driving at own expense” towards the hospital, the town hall of Toulouse wishes to “invoice the drunken people transported by the municipal police for the amount of their transport and their support up to 120 euros “. Important clarification, this sum of 120 euros will be added to the second class fine sent by the police officers who can reach up to 150 euros.
Note that “many cities are already transporting drunk people on this basis”, underlines the deliberation. This is particularly the case at Orleans, a La Rochelle, a Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), or even Saint Malo…
Toulouse city hall had not responded to our request at the time of publication of this article.
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