Fake Patty’s Day has become
an annual tradition in Manhattan’s Aggieville. The St. Patrick’s Day themed event
takes place the weekend before to accommodate Kansas State University’s spring
break schedule. This year Fake Patty’s Day is March 8.
As with many St. Patrick’s
Day celebrations, the revelry often includes drinking alcohol. Community members
should take precautions to ensure their safety and the safety of those around
“The biggest thing is to
have a plan,” said Lt. Paul Davis, watch commander, Fort Riley Police Department, Directorate of Emergency Services. “Make sure that you have a
Having a designated driver
– someone who will not consume alcohol – and utilizing resources provided by units,
like internal designated driver rosters, helps ensure a safe holiday.
As with any weekend, the police
department will have a presence on the installation to monitor for safety on
“(The) Fort Riley Police Department
will be out there on Fake Patty’s weekend,” Davis said. “We will be active on
the installation. We will be doing (Driving Under the Influence)-saturation
If caught with a DUI,
drivers can face unpleasant consequences, like loss of on-post driving
privileges, citations and fines.
For Soldiers, getting a DUI
also involves their chain of command.
“Their unit chain of
command has to come down and pick them up (from the police station). That’s
never a good moment for a Soldier,” Davis said. “It can affect your career.”
Davis also stressed the importance
of basic driving safety, like not driving distracted, wearing a seatbelt, checking
the vehicle to make sure all lights and signals are functioning properly,
avoiding driving late at night and going the speed limit.
“Speeding is an issue,”
Davis said. “It’s a contributing factor to a lot of accidents.”
Alcohol can compound problems
for drivers not practicing basic safety guidelines, he added.
Davis also said the
motoring public should be on the lookout for others who might be driving while
“Say you’re driving down the
road, and you encounter (someone) driving erratically. They’re speeding up and
slowing down, or they’re not maintaining their lane. They’re kind of all over
the road. If you encounter one of those folks, the best thing for you to do …
is to pull over to the side of the road,” he said. “Don’t try to pass them ...
Don’t take action on your own. Call us.”
Alerting the local police with
a vehicle description and location can help ensure the safety of one’s self and
others, he said.
To reach the FRPD desk, call
785-239-6767. For emergency assistance on or off the installation, call 911.
TAKE RILEY RIDE
Riley Ride, a shuttle
service between Fort Riley and Manhattan, operates from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday
and Saturday nights.
The Riley Ride bus picks passengers
up at several locations on post, like barracks buildings and common areas, including
the Warrior Zone and Custer Hill Bowling Center. The Manhattan stop is located
at the intersection of 12th Street and Bluemont Ave.
Soldiers and dependents can
purchase tickets on the bus or at the Leisure Travel Center. Tickets cost $5
for two rides or $10 for five rides, and must be paid in cash.
“(Riley Ride) is really
important because it stops all the DUIs,” said Stephanie Smith, travel
assistant, Leisure Travel Center. “It’s also a very cheap ride.”
A noncommissioned officer is
stationed on the bus throughout the night to verify the eligibility of
passengers and maintain order, Smith said, adding that Riley Ride helps ensure
the safety of its passengers as well as others on the road.
For a full schedule of
Riley Ride stops and times, visit www.rileymwr.com/main/?p=2047.
For more information, call the
Leisure Travel Center, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, at
For those who do indulge in
alcoholic beverages, the Army Substance Abuse Program website offers the
following tips on drinking responsibly:
• Eating while drinking, or
even before, can help slow down the effects of alcohol.
• Drinking slowly at a rate
of one alcoholic beverage per hour is preferable to gulping, chugging or doing
• By alternating between alcoholic
and non-alcoholic drinks, the body has extra time to process and eliminate some
of the alcohol.
For more tips and
resources, visit www.acsap.army.mil. Additional tips from K-State’s counseling
• Know your limit.
• Avoid drinking games.
• Pay attention to serving sizes.
• Do not leave a drink
• Do not accept drinks from
For more tips and information, visit