Commercially owned and run drunk tanks seem to be the wave of the future in the U.K., as there is a real need for this service. Police are tasked with the daunting job of caring for drunks who are so inebriated that they can’t care for themselves, which is not really police work. Much like in the U.S., drunks in the U.K. are put in protective custody and taken the city jail to sober up, but that could change, according to “Fox and Friends” live on Wednesday morning Sept. 19.
The Telegraph reports that this has a lot of support across the pond. Why should police be tasked with the job of babysitting the many late night drunks that they run across in the U.K.? It seems many in the U.K. government believe these drunk tanks are the way to go, freeing up police for real police work. This is something the U.S. has a need for. Babysitting people because they decided to drink themselves into oblivion, should not be put on the shoulders of the police.
A night at a commercial drunk tank won’t come cheap, it will be much more expensive than many high end hotels. Sleeping it off under the watchful eye of the folks who man the drunk tanks will cost about 400 pounds or about $640 in American money for the night. This will be on top of the court costs and the fine for being drunk, resulting in a costly night of tying one on.
These drunk tanks will more than likely need some type of medical personal to watch over the inebriated quests, along with some type of staff to keep the order, who will be able to tackle the drunks who get riled up. It is not known what a model drunk tank will look like yet.
Most of all, the cost of this drunk tank is hopefully going to be a deterrent to the excessive drinking the U.K. sees regularly. Prime Minister David Cameron backs this idea, as well as the U.K.’s Association of Police Officers. There is not many who argue against the idea of commercial drunk tanks.