No later than this Thursday evening, the municipal police officers from Toulouse found a drunken man asleep in a ditch on Avenue des Etats-Unis and took him to the police station to end his night in a drunken cell. He is good to pay his fine of 150 euros for manifest public drunkenness, IPM in the jargon. But it narrowly escapes the bill of 120 euros for transport costs.
Because it is this Friday that the city council must vote the establishment of this paid transport, allowed by law since May 25.
Due to a hook imposed by the hospital
The text which modifies the IPM procedure allows municipal police officers to issue a verbal report directly to the drunkards, without passing the file back to the national police officers, but it also complicates the interventions by requiring them to first bring the imbibed person to the hospital to check “medical compatibility” with a sobering up stay.
A detour which takes time, especially since it could concern, if one relies on the statistics of the past years, “250 to 300 per year”. “We will therefore, as do other cities, re-invoice the transport costs to the person concerned,” says Emilion Esnault, the deputy in charge of Security. The fixed price for the “Hospital + police station” trip by police car is therefore fixed at 120 euros.