Drinking too much on Halloween? A sober living center offering free shuttles from 6th Street

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Halloween in downtown Austin always draws huge crowds. For the first time for the holiday, people who overdo it will have a place to sober up.

The Travis County Sobriety Center is a safe place for people caught drunk or high in public, instead of sending them to jail or the emergency room. Opened in 2018.

But he will use his services on the road this weekend.

About half a dozen people set up a tent at Sixth Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. They will give people alcohol tests and talk to them about being safe while drinking or using drugs.

The sobering up center can also provide naloxone to reverse the effects of someone who is under the influence of opioids.

Austin Police can also bring in people who may need help.

They will also transport people to his facility if needed, saving the police from having to take someone to jail, which is time-consuming and prevents officers from continuing to patrol.

Austin-Travis County Sobriety Center Development and Communications Manager Ashlyn Branskum.

“Being drunk in public isn’t necessarily something we can stop ourselves from going out, especially in a city like Austin with an entertainment district like Sixth Street.” So bringing someone here kind of avoids hospital time. Hospital time avoids the police time to take someone to central booking – that process is really long.”

On average, the Sixth Street tents of the Sobriety Center administer about 300 BAC tests per night.

On the Fourth of July this summer, 500 BAC tests were taken.

They will go out from 9pm and hang out until last call around 2am

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