The city of San Luis Obispo’s safety enhancement zone ordinance — its fee-driven tool of choice to crack down on rowdy back-to-schoolers — goes into effect this weekend and will last about two weeks.
Between 12:01 a.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Sept. 29, fines will double for minor violations such as noise, carrying open alcoholic containers in public, carrying a deadly weapon, taking part in an “unruly gathering,” public urination and hosting a party where minors are consuming alcohol.
Despite the timing of the annual clampdown, all residents are subject to the ordinance, not just students.
The original ordinance passed in 2009 covered the Halloween, Mardis Gras and St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekends and was expanded last year to include the first two weeks of the Cal Poly academic year.
Cal Poly's fall quarter classes begin Sept. 22.