What happens on St. Patrick's Day . . . stays on your record

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San Luis Obispo Police Department partners with the business community to promote safety on St. Patrick's Day

The goal of this awareness campaign is to get the word out to those planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to do so in a safe and responsible manner.

In an attempt to support local businesses and encourage San Luis Obispo residents and visitors to moderate their behavior on St. Patrick’s Day, the San Luis Obispo Police Department (SLOPD) is working with the Downtown Association’s Safe Nightlife Committee, a group of owners and operators of downtown businesses that serve alcohol dedicated to creating better communication amongst all businesses in downtown San Luis Obispo.

SLOPD and the Safe Nightlife Committee are taking their message citywide by launching a public awareness campaign for St. Patrick’s Day.

“We are pleased to partner with the Safe Nightlife Committee as we share the common objective of providing a safe and enjoyable environment for those visiting our vibrant Downtown,” said San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell. “The goal of this awareness campaign is to get the word out to those planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to do so in a safe and responsible manner.”

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, which may increase the number of patrons partaking in the holiday’s festivities.

In addition to the awareness campaign, the Downtown Association’s Safe Nightlife Committee will also be installing porta potties on Garden, Chorro, and Broad streets Thursday through Sunday and organizing clean-up crews the day after St. Patrick’s Day.    

This year double fines will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. on March 17 through 7 a.m. on March 18 for alcohol-related offenses. Examples include Drunk in Public fines starting at $900, Minor in possession of Alcohol fines starting at $1,170, DUI fines starting at $2,310, and Public Urination fines starting at $700.

This St. Patrick’s Day, people are encouraged to call SLO Safe Ride at (805) 620-SAFE (7233) if a ride home is needed. For more information, visit RespectSLOBro.com.

ABOUT SAFE NIGHTLIFE COMMITTEE
The Safe Nightlife Committee was formed by the Downtown Association in July 2011 after downtown business owners saw too many incidents of belligerent drunk patrons. Bar and restaurant owners established the organization to actively work together with city officials and the police department to create a safer downtown environment. For more information about the Downtown Association, log onto http://www.downtownslo.com or call (805) 541-0286.

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Christine Wallace
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