Clemson police test party registration system

CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) - College students throughout the country enjoy a good party. David Saari is the chapter president of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at Clemson University.

"We definitely don't want to disturb the community, but we also want to have our social functions as well," Saari said.

He said some of those social functions are held here at the frat house which is located within Clemson city limits.

So, his fraternity signed-up for a trial run of the party registration system.

"They'll let us know if we're getting too loud," he said.

Clemson Police Chief, Jimmy Dixon, said he asked some fraternities to participate in the trial run last year and saw results.

"A noise call is a quality of life issue, not just in Clemson, but anywhere," Dixon said.

On Wednesday, Chief Dixon explained the process. He said anyone planning to have a party can register 48 hours before the event.

"That form will include the location and the possible number of people they think will be attending," he said.

Dixon said if they get a complaint, depending on the party's atmosphere, the host or designated persons who signed the form are either given a warning or 20 minutes to shut it down.

"If police can get that handled without having to actually respond to the residence then it allows us the opportunity to do those other things," he said.

According to statistics posted on the Clemson Police Department's web site, since the trial run there's been a decrease in calls and tickets. Back in 2009 there were more than 400 noise complaints in the city and 36 tickets. In 2010, the number of complaints dropped to more than 300 and 21 tickets.

Dixon said the system doesn't give those who sign up a free pass to misbehave though.

"We're going to do business as usual," he said.

Right now, it's just a proposal, but Dixon would like it to become a city-wide system so social functions aren't disturbed and neither are neighbors.

Dixon said the system is for anyone throwing a party, not just college students, and it wouldn't be mandatory to sign up. Noise complaint tickets can range anywhere from $287 to $1,087. If the proposal is implemented, Dixon hopes to have the city-wide system in place by mid-August.

What do you think? Would a party registration system help decrese complaints?

(This story courtesy FoxCarolina and