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ASU reports higher number of liquor law violations in 2013 than years past

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University released crime stats for the 2013 school year Thursday afternoon. Though some numbers were down, alcohol violations were up.

In 2011 and 2012, there were a combined two arrests for liquor law violations according to those crime stats.

In 2013, that number jumped to 46.

"A lot of it has to do with mostly Thursday nights, after the football games," Xavier Weiand told Region 8 News.

While the majority of the alcohol related arrests in 2013 happened in buildings on campus, some occurred on the sidewalks or streets at ASU.

Weiand attributed those numbers to students attending parties or events with no way to get home.

"They don't have DDs and they try to get in cars and take off or they'll try to walk across campus and obviously, most of the time they're going to get caught," Weiand said.

Arkansas State University prohibits the sale, possession, manufacturing, distribution, consumption, or even evidence of consumption of alcoholic beverages on university property.

Doing so could result in anything from a written warning to revocation or denial of degree.

ASU student Zane Crawford said the increase in alcohol related arrests and referrals could be a result of organizations on campus being lax on their personal liquor laws.

"I know A-State's stance on liquor is obviously, no," Crawford said. "My fraternity, we take that very seriously - violations - but I can't speak for everyone else."

As for student Jason Winfield, he believes the higher number of arrests can be attributed, in part, to active policing.

"Especially during the weekends," Winfield said. "Today's Thursday, it's basically the kick-off for the weekend parties so they're gonna be cracking down here in the next hour or so yeah, they get serious."

While alcohol related arrests and referrals were up, burglary and theft arrests and reports were down.

The number of public intoxication arrests were also cut in half from 2012.

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