McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton would like to remind those gearing up for this Saturday’s Back to The Strip event the rules of the road still apply.
In its sixth year, Back to The Strip 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, May 6. Participants are encouraged to have fun, but within legal limits, as law enforcement will be increased.
“Our theme is still going to be if it’s illegal on Friday night, it is still illegal on Saturday night,” said Denton. “We support this event and we regret having to police it, but we have no choice. We will be there again this year and enforcing the law.”
Increased enforcement began in 2015 due to the event progressively increasing in size and some individuals suspending the rules of the road and creating safety issues with burnouts in close proximity of pedestrians.
There were also violations of the state’s seatbelt law with children and other passengers riding unrestrained, underage children riding in the bed of trucks, and some adults riding on – not in – the vehicles.
When the event started six years ago, Denton hoped it would police itself, but that was not to be. Denton says it’s about 5 percent of the people that are causing problems and creating the need for police intervention.