Nov 1, 2013 1:51 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
Halloween has been a busy night on the Central Coast. Young trick or treaters filled the streets earlier in the evening, and the older ones enjoyed the festivities at night.
The San Luis Obispo Police Department said they are looking out for drunk drivers, underage drinking, public intoxication, among other crimes. Police Officer Bryan Treanor said the department's main goal is that everyone is safe and everyone has a good Halloween.
Treanor said on Halloween night, all hands are on deck at the police station. He said the department increases their patrolling out on the streets as well.
"The traffic in the, in the neighborhoods there's you know, people coming home from work, so you always want to make sure as a police officer, we want to make sure that traffic's under control, making sure they're going at a safe speed," said Treanor.
Treanor said in the neighborhoods specifically, traffic can be the biggest issue.
He said, "It gets darker, you want to obviously keep a close eye on the little ones. They're excited, they're running from, you know, door to door, but the main thing is definitely crossing the street, making sure kids stay on the sidewalk, holding the parents hand."
San Luis Obispo mom Leanne Buckner said it was that traffic that she wanted to avoid, so she brought her pirate and mermaid to Farmer's Market in downtown SLO.
"It'll be safe when the roads are blocked off, and we got down here early and we're gonna leave early so that we can just get the most out of the night," said Buckner.
Treanor said whether families are Downtown or near their homes, they will see a lot more police out.
He said, "It's the police presence that really kinda sets the tone for the night."
As of 10:20pm on Thursday night, Captain Chris Staley said the night had been quiet and there had been no arrests yet.
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