Police Chief Rob Lawson: ‘Very Pleased With The Way Things Went’, Hatzolah Deals With Approximately 35 ‘Drunk Person’ Calls

Hatz pd logo“Overall, I am very pleased with the way things went” Police Chief Rob Lawson told TLS this morning about Purim in Lakewood. “We had no DWI arrests and no pedestrians hit”. “The awareness paid off” the Chief said, referring to the preparation and meetings with several officials-including Deputy Mayor Menashe Miller and Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein-prior to Purim. Hatzolah received approximately 35-40 ‘Drunk person’ calls, including five who were transported to Kimball Medical Center. One of those transported, was found unconscious due to over-drinking, a source told TLS.

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  1. How much does one drink to reach a level of unconciousness or requiring hospitalization? I assume that’s beyond the level of Ad D’Loi Yoda according to all Deios. I’ve seen many people drunk over the years but never thought they required medical care unless they suffered separate physical injuries due to their inability to rationalize their actions and balance. What symptoms would arouse one to call Hatzoloh on 35-40 cases?

  2. Ad D’Loi Yoda – yes, drinking on Purim is out of hand. Teenagers (and older) are drinking way more than they should be. But I have seen many people who drink just one cup and pass out. Their bodies can’t even hold a little bit. Yes, we should be watching. Teenagers shouldn’t be given the freedom that they have to just drink all they want because it is Purim. But remember to be Dan L’Kaf Zechus – not every time someone passes out and hatzola has to be called does it mean they were drinking too much.

  3. I’m sure the chief put in a lot of time and it’s very much appreciated. But with all respect to the chief, no Purim in Lkwd history ever had a dwi arrest or a pedestrian struck on Purim. And I wouldn’t be surprised if there was never a dwi arrest made in our community. And it’s not because nobody drinks.

  4. Dan L’Kaf Zechus: “But I have seen [many?] people who drink just one cup and pass out.” A cup may hit the small build inexperienced drinker harder than the experienced or large built individual, but people do not commonly pass out from one cup, even if it’s hard liquor. That you’ve seen many pass out from a cup is extremely difficult to believe! I’ve seen many a shikkur over the years drinking and overdrinking. Passing out is extremely rare. Dizziness, imbalance and vomiting are common reactions not requiring the services of Hatzoloh. The question posed was more how one may identify that a shikkur has lost consciousness as opposed to having fallen asleep when the alchohol high wore off or the imbalance and diziness kicked in too strong and led the shikkur to lay down and evetually fall asleep, even when under the table, the bathroom floor, the porch, etc.

  5. to number 3 your comment is not true. if it were 35-40 mexicans nothing would happen because apparently we dont touch mexicans in lakewood

  6. to #7- actually there were unfortunately people hit on purim, and that’s why the cheif was pointing it out as an accomplishment.
    And if you think no one has driven while over the legal limit (one glass of wine, one bottle of beer) you’re very naive.

  7. most calls are are usually from the young drinkers and wifes that are flipping out. and in most cases those are harmless situations

    usually the problem is with those that can hold themsselves

    they ones that can drink and need more and more to get high. if they ever lose control they can drink until their BAC lever hits a point at which you get blood poisioning.

    has happened before.

  8. Drinking excessive amounts of liquor in a short time will poison your blood, and a person can not only pass out, but die from alcohol poisoning. If one is to drink, never, never mix beer and hard liquor. The combination is deadly. The difference between passing out, and falling asleep, is that when you pass out, the heart rate can slow down to the point of death, or they pass out and never wake up.

  9. OK my other post was deleted. Let us try this again. A boy dies in Bkyn from alcohol poisoning. Do you think the Police there feel things “went well”? What will it take for our towns PD to get the clue that underage boys, drinking in public, on the street, is not only illegal but VERY dangerous. With the PD on scene on 14th to overlook could be carreer ending. Is that better, I didn’t mention any Indians or Chiefs.

  10. does anyone know where to look up if it is legal for a parent to give alcohol to his chidren, I checked online and it seems in most states it is permissible

  11. It is legal for a parent to give their children alcohol in their own home. It is not legal for a juvenile to drink that alcohol on 14th st, in public. In atown like Lakewood the PD will look the other way.

  12. I am embarrassed that there were 35 drunk person calls, that’s 35 too much in my opinion. An enormous chillul hashem. Anyone who thinks that there is a bigger parcel of land waiting for them in heaven because they got crazy drunk to the point where they risked their health is in for a big surprise.

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