In response to the expected influx of visitors for the Astoria-Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival, the Astoria Police Department will use almost a full work week of overtime hours to schedule additional officers for traffic enforcement.
"The patrols will be looking for all manner of traffic violations, aggressive drivers and especially drivers who are under the influence of intoxicants," said Astoria Police Sgt. Brad Johnston.
The 32 hours of overtime to be used from Friday through Sunday were funded by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation, administered by the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police.
Johnston said the department encourages "people to drive safely, obey all traffic laws and drive sober" or face citations, arrest or both.
"If plans include the consumption of alcoholic beverages, develop a plan, in advance, for transportation," he said.
Dozens of Oregon wineries will offer festival patrons wine to complement their seafood samples at the event at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Clatsop County Sheriff's deputies are planning to make their presence known on Oregon Highway 202 as well.
To discourage patrons from driving and tying up the fairground's limited parking area, free shuttle service will be provided by Sunset Empire Transportation District throughout the weekend. Shuttles will leave every half hour from several locations in Astoria and Warrenton.