Phillips Street (or maybe a zombie movie) just after midnight
So as weekends in a "college town" go -- especially this being the last one of summer -- things went relatively smoothly. Of course APD, UMPD and AFD were busy as could be, but not to the breaking point.
Cooperation between the town first responders has always been outstanding, but the integration between town police-and-fire and UMass police and Environmental Health & Safety has gotten much better over the past year or so.
This weekend UMPD was very visible at Party House responses -- even a few miles from campus.
The magic hours seem to start just after midnight through about 2:00 AM as both Friday-into-Saturday and last night into-this-morning there were times when APD was backed up on noise complaints, some of them being held for upwards of a half-hour before units could respond.
AFD, even with a shift of thirteen on (4 extra paid for by UMass) each night there were times when all five ambulances were on the road -- with many of those calls ETOH (alcohol OD) students.
The roving herds of students were not as much in evidence Friday but w-a-y more so last night into this morning. No signs of the "Walk This Way" crew either night trying to redirect traffic off Fearing Street, which was the usual Grand Central Station last night.
Although late Friday night there were times when Sunset Avenue, contiguous with Southwest towers, was almost impassible by car due to foot traffic. Not so much because the students were in overwhelming numbers, but simply because the groups of a dozen or so decided to walk in the middle of the road.
Considering that is also the time drunk drivers are out it's only a matter of time before a bad interaction between car and pedestrian occurs. Early this morning for example APD bagged a drunk driver at the still busy with foot traffic Fearing/Allen Street location around 1:30 AM.
When calling for back up the officer on scene told dispatch the vehicle had "clipped the curb pretty good."