As thousands of students return for the start of the school year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo Police are welcoming them back with the return of the Safety Enhancement Zone program.
The city-wide SEZ takes effect at midnight Thursday and runs for two weeks.
Fines are doubled for violations of various city ordinances including noise, unruly large parties, public urination, open container, drunk in public and hosting a party where minors are consuming alcohol.
San Luis Obispo Police say the Safety Enhancement Zone has been effective in recent years in setting the tone on acceptable behavior for returning Cal Poly students both on and off campus.
“We’ve seen large groups in the downtown, within the north end of the neighborhoods and even in other locations in the city where rental units are being occupied by students”, said SLO PD Capt. Jeff Smith, “we want the students that are coming into San Luis Obispo to enjoy their college experience, to have fun but more than anything we want them to be good neighbors and to respect those who are residents and lifelong residents within our city.”
Doubled fines for various violations during the two-week Safety Enhancement Zone period can range from several hundred dollars to well over one thousand dollars.