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Public Urination Citations On the Rise in Lawrence

Ohio, Tennessee and Massachusetts streets are just a few of the homes to the local bar scene in Lawrence.

Four KU students, who wish to remain anonymous, admit they use bushes, buildings, or alleys for restrooms on the the walk home. Only one of those students has actually received a citation.

Head Security at Bullwinke’s Bar Demetrius Kemp said that he has caught people a number of times using walls on the outside and inside of the bars as their personal bathroom.

Lawrence Police Department Sergeant Amy Rhoads said since January, there have been 41 public urination violations cited. There were over 200 cited in 2015.

The police department saw a heavy rise at the start of the school year due to a back-to-school effort having more patrol presence, as well as educating the public on the laws and ordinances of Lawrence. The city of Lawrence code states that “no person shall urinate in or upon any street, sidewalk, alley, public building or in any place exposed to public view.

During the Final Four celebrations in 2008, the LDP funded and set up portapottys in the parking spaces up and down Mass Street to prevent public urination.

“When alcohol is a factor, people just don’t really pay attention to their surroundings so a lot of times it will happen directly in front of us and we are going to address it then,” Rhoads said.

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