The San Luis Obispo Police Department will be deploying a large number of officers each night this coming weekend and on Halloween night in anticipation of increased party and alcohol-related violations.
Officers will be deployed on foot, bicycle and in vehicles to strictly enforce laws focusing on violations involving alcohol and noise.
The city’s Safety Enhancement Zone ordinance — a law that allows the San Luis Obispo Police Department to double fines and charge up to $1,000 for antics such as nudity, public urination and possessing open containers of alcohol in public places — will be in effect on Halloween.
The ordinance stipulates that on specific days, such as Halloween, fines for first-offense violations will double to $700 from $350, and fines for second offenses will increase to $1,000 from $700. A third offense within a year's period is a $1,000 fine.
There will be zero tolerance for public intoxication or driving while under the influence.
The Police Department is also reminding everyone to drive with extreme caution on Halloween night because children will be out trick-or-treating. Children should wear bright colored or reflective clothing and carry a flashlight; younger children should always be accompanied by an adult.