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Cruise with caution
Police chief says think safety riding The Strip
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McMinnville Police Department urges participants in this weekend’s Back to The Strip Night to be mindful of their own safety and the safety of others.
Back to The Strip Night is Saturday, May 3. While activities begin at the Warren County Fairgrounds at 10 a.m., cruising The Strip begins at 5 p.m.
“Past events were successful largely because the event-goers did an excellent job of policing themselves and therefore the police department’s role was generally that of observers,” said McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton. “I’m asking the public to be careful again this year and observe common sense and the rules of the road, while not allowing a small number to mar the evening by risking the safety of participants.”
Denton hopes self-policing continues this year for the enjoyment of all participants and the sake of future events.
“The police department supports the event and certainly the cause,” Denton said. “However, one careless mishap can negatively impact the night and hamper future sponsor’s willingness to present the event. But more importantly, it could get someone hurt.”
The police department’s role as observers will not include looking the other way if illegal activities take place.
“We want it to be a fun night, but motorists should be aware that state and local regulations must be observed and have to be enforced,” said Denton. “I think most see this as a night to reconnect with friends, show off classic vehicles and relive fond memories. I look forward it and I plan to participate myself. But, please do your part to make this year’s event a safe and memorable evening.”