SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The San Luis Obispo Police Department is set to start a Safety Enforcement Zone now that Cal Poly students are headed back school. The first week of school is historically problematic for officers because of a spike in partying during this time.
They'll be promoting public health and safety by patrolling problem areas and writing tickets - starting tonight at midnight through September 26th.
Police say they're honing in on problem areas like Hathway Avenue and handing out doubled fines for everything from underage drinking to possession of a deadly weapon and urinating in public. Police say noise complaints are their biggest problem.
"I think it is important especially around this time for the new freshman to keep them safe and what not, a lot of people don't know what they're getting themselves into when they go to college," Laura Stelma said.
"They all come down Hathway, roam the streets and try to get in to a party," Cal Poly student Ryan See said.
"The area surrounding the campus will sometimes be just a sea of people walking in the street," San Luis Obispo Police Captain Chris Staley said. "We've seen a lot of large gatherings and a lot of them that have really gotten out of control."
Those doubled fines range from over $500 dollars for a drunk in public to over $8,000 for a DUI.