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30 May 2011

Police officer aboard subway train

A police officer looking out for drunk passengers at a subway station last night.

TORONTO, Ontario -- Police started their first crackdown last night to catch any intoxicated passengers trying to use the transit system. Looking out for signs of drunkenness, officers are working on a new program to reduce the incidents of drinking and commuting. The Commuting Alcoholic Reduction, or the C.A.R. program, aims to discourage drunk persons from traveling on public transport, often missing their stop or simply passing out on the floors of transit vehicles.

"It's a serious problem," says Jeff Feldgrove, the night operations director for the Toronto Transit Commission. "People are traveling on the subway, and they're so drunk they don't know where they want to go." Occasionally, janitorial staff will find a drunk person passed out on the floor of a bus or train after it has returned to the yard or depot. According to Feldgrove, this has been a known problem, and the arrival of the C.A.R. program is way overdue.

Officers will be stationed at bus platforms and at various points in the subway system throughout the coming weeks. When a drunk person is spotted, they will be asked to leave the property and drive home. Sgt Bambolino, chief of Toronto police, said in an announcement Tuesday that the C.A.R. program will be most active during later hours of the night, and on weekends.

When asked what intoxicated persons should do to get home, Bambolino responded by saying, "We don't care if they have to borrow from a friend - we are sending a clear message here, and that is if you've been drinking, remember C.A.R."

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