The county’s emergency early warning siren system will go through its full annual test Saturday.County emergency planners and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. test the sirens each summer, activating them twice to their full volume. The sirens are set to sound at noon and again at 12:30 p.m.
There are 131 sirens arrayed from Cayucos in the north to the Nipomo Mesa in the south and as far inland as San Luis Obispo.
They would be activated in the event of a radiation release at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, but they can be used for any widespread public emergency.
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The sirens alert the public to tune into a local radio or television station for information and instructions. The public needs to take no action during the test.
— David Sneed
A late-summer program kicked off Friday as part of an effort to reduce drunken driving in San Luis Obispo County.
Efforts of Avoid the 14, a task force of agencies in the county, will include DUI checkpoints, increased patrols targeting driving under the influence, and warrant and probation sweeps.
The crackdown started Friday with a DUI checkpoint in San Luis Obispo and continues through Sept. 4. Another checkpoint is planned for Sept. 4 in Arroyo Grande, according to Arroyo Grande police Cmdr. Chuck Gerhart.
Several so-called saturation patrols — in which an officer works an eight-hour shift in one city, specifically patrolling for drunken drivers — are planned throughout the county, Gerhart said.
The Sheriff’s Department is set to conduct a sweep seeking drivers with outstanding warrants related to charges of driving under the influence.
The program is financed by a three-year, $450,000 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety. It started in October.
The campaign includes the Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Pismo Beach police departments; the CHP; State Parks’ Hearst Castle and Oceano Dunes divisions; Cal Poly and Cuesta police departments; the county Probation and Sheriff’s departments; and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
— Cynthia Lambert