Fairbanks seeks funding for intoxicated transport service

    Fairbanks, Alaska (AP) - Fairbanks has requested funds from local businesses to help support a program designed to transport publicly intoxicated individuals.

    The Fairbanks News-Miner reported Thursday that the city of Fairbanks has sent 900 letters asking for funding from businesses in areas where the most Emergency Service Patrol calls have been made.

    City officials say the program is expected to cost $255,500, and less than half of that is expected to come from the city and the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

    Officials say the city has received 4,000 calls for ESP support and has transported 2,000 intoxicated individuals this year to a sleep-off facility, a sobering center or Fairbanks Correctional Facility.

    Officials say the program protects drunken people from victimization and cold-related injuries while easing the burden on emergency personnel.

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