Party Patrol hits the streets near Oregon campus

Party Patrol hits the streets near Oregon campus

EUGENE, Ore. - Welcome back, students: The Party Patrol is off the chain and on the loose.

And while they might be wearing the kinds of costumes that would fit in at a disco party, the Eugene Police don't just want you to have fun tonight.

They want you to obey the law.

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On Thursday night, the Party Patrol cited or arrested 19 University of Oregon students, mostly for alcohol violations.

Police cited 8 UO students for Open Container; 3 for Minor in Possession; 7 for Prohibited Noise; 2 for giving False Information to Police; 1 for DUII and another for Hit/Run.

While some students might have had run-ins with police on Thursday, some students told our news team they still know how to party smart.

"Have someone that can either takes care of you, or you're taking care of someone else," said student Kory Christofferson. "You know you can't do this, or someone else can stop you if you're going too far."

This is the second year of ramped-up Party Patrols. Police said they noticed increased compliance with the law throughout the year after actively enforcing the law during the first weeks of the school year.

Campbell House-resident Paige Corich-Kleim said she saw nearly two dozen people get arrested by officers last school year. She said the house takes precautions so they don't have a repeat this year.  

"We always have somebody who's a sober police liaison and we also usually tell our neighbors about the party and make sure folks around know what's going on," said Paige.

An Oregon Liquor Control Commission investigator Mark Jaehnig said that those hosting a party need to ensure that all those consuming alcohol are 21 or over. 

 

"Keep the numbers down, make sure you're not annoying the neighbors with late night band equipment or stereo equipment," said Jaehnig.

The changes came in the wake of drunken riots in 2008 and 2010 in the neighborhoods near campus.

Some students responded last year by hiring private security firms to help maintain order at parties.

Students also took aim at the law itself. The City of Eugene also put a Social Host Ordinance into effect, holding the renter - and, if problems persist, the landlord - accountable for out-of-control parties. The status of a student-led effort to repeal the ordinance is not known.

Party Management Tips

Respect your neighbors. Find ways to celebrate that do not infringe upon your neighbors and that are alcohol-free.

Control the guest list.
"Come one, come all" parties usually result in police contact. Have a door monitor to screen guests. Don't let random people who walk around looking for parties, into your house.

Adults only. If you choose to serve alcohol, ensure that you only serve to persons 21 years of age or older.

Plan ahead. Notify neighbors well in advance of the date, times and location of the party. Give them a telephone number and the name of the person to contact if there is a problem (and be responsive to their calls!).

Monitor noise levels. Keep doors and windows closed to reduce outside noise levels.

Discourage drinking games. Have a non-drinking person serving alcohol and don't let people carry alcoholic beverages outside of your party.

Clean it up. Your neighbors may be more tolerant of your next party if you clean up promptly after this one. Clean up debris from your yard or the street.

Safety first. If you are concerned for a friend's medical safety-such as suspected alcohol poisoning-call 9-1-1 immediately.

Prevent drunk driving. Arrange for transportation by a designated driver before anyone drinks. Make sure arrangements are understood by everyone. Ensure people don't drive under the influence (a person riding a bicycle under the influence may also be arrested for DUII). As the party host, you are also liable.

What if your party gets out of control?

If your party gets out of hand, call the police. EPD will come out and help you regain control.

Respond positively if a police officer comes to your house. The officer most likely is responding to a complaint. Make sure the person interacting with police officers at the front door is sober and able to be responsive to officers' requests. Citing the Unruly Gathering Ordinance: it is an affirmative defense to a citation issued for a violation that the person who organized or hosted an unruly gathering contacted the police as soon as any of the violations or offenses listed in the definition of "unruly gathering" occurred.

Interfering with police officers makes a bad situation worse. Use common sense and be cooperative.

When a police officer asks you to clear an area, leave right away. If you stick around to see what's happening, you may be in a situation where you are interfering with a police officer. If police warn that they are going to use tear gas, you need to quickly get as far away as you can.\

Know the Law: Frequently Violated Ordinances and Laws


Minor in Possession (MIP):
No person under the age of 21 shall attempt to purchase, acquire or have in their possession any alcoholic liquor (Eugene City Code 4.115 or Oregon Revised Statute 471.430), nor have in their system any alcoholic liquor (ECC 4.115).
Offense: Violation   Fine: Up to $360

Minor Falsely Representing Age:
A person less than a certain age who knowingly purports to be older with the intent of securing a right, benefit or privilege which by law is denied under that certain age (ECC 4.145).
Offense: Crime        Fine: Up to $500 (jailable)

Giving False Information to a Police Officer:
Knowingly uses or gives a false name, address, or birthdate to an officer issuing a citation (ECC 4.906).
Offense: Crime        Fine: Up to $2,500 (jailable)

Possession of a Forged Instrument (Fake ID):
A person commits the crime of possession of a forged instrument in the first degree if, knowing it to be forged and with intent to utter same, the person possesses a forged instrument issued by a government (ORS 165.022).
Offense: Class C Felony     Fine: Up to $125,000 (jailable)

Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor:
No one shall sell, give, or otherwise make available any alcoholic liquor to a person under the age of 21 years (ECC 4.110 or ORS 471.410).
Offense: Class A Misd.       Fine: Up to $6,250 (jailable)

Allowing Alcohol Consumption by Minors:
No person who exercises control of private real property shall knowingly allow a minor to drink alcohol on the property or remain on the property after consuming (ECC 4.110(3) or ORS 471.410-3).
Offense: Violation   Fine: Up to $1,000

Open Container/Consumption in Public:
Consumption of alcoholic liquor or possession of an open alcoholic beverage container is prohibited in all public places and all private property extended to the public for use (ECC 4.190).
Offense: Crime        Fine: Up to $500 (jailable)

Prohibited Noise:
Intentionally or recklessly creating or continuing any noise disturbance (meaning any sound which injures or endangers the safety or health of a human, or which annoys or disturbs a reasonable person of normal sensitivities). Operating or permitting the use or operation of any device designed for sound production between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. that is plainly audible within another dwelling; the same applies on public property or right-of-ways if it is plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet or more (ECC 4.080 and 4.083).
Offense: Crime                Fine: Up to $500 (jailable); up to $1,500 (jailable) for failure to cease within 30 minutes after notice or citation or for a similar noise disturbance within 6 months of receiving a citation.

Interfering with a Police Officer:
Intentionally acts in a manner that prevents or attempts to prevent a police officer from performing the lawful duties of the police officer with regards to another person; or refuses to obey a lawful order by the police officer (ORS 162.247 and ECC 4.907).
Offense: Class A Misd.       Fine: Up to $6,250 (jailable)

Disorderly Conduct:
With intent to cause public inconvenience or annoyance or recklessly creating a risk thereof: a) Engages in fighting or violent behavior; b) Makes unreasonable noise; c) Disturbs any lawful assembly; d) Obstructs any vehicular or pedestrian traffic; e) Refuses to disperse when ordered to do so; f) Initiates or circulates a report known to be false regarding fire, crime or other emergency; g) Creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition. Note: "Public" means three or more people disturbed or inconvenienced (ECC 4.725).
Offense: Crime        Fine: Up to $1,000 (jailable)

Rioting:
A person commits the crime of riot if while participating with five or more persons the person engages in tumultuous and violent conduct and thereby intentionally and recklessly creates a grave risk of causing public alarm (ORS 166.015).
Offense: Class C Felony     Fine: Up to $125,000 (jailable)

Unruly Gathering (Social Host):
Holds individuals criminally responsible for hosting, organizing and allowing an unruly event or social gathering. Property owners where the event is hosted will also be penalized if there are multiple violations of this ordinance at the same property. The ordinance applies throughout the city of Eugene. The Eugene Municipal Court has assigned a base fine of $375.00 for criminal violations of this ordinance. Both hosts and property owners could be civilly liable for police, fire and public works response to repeated illegal gatherings that fall under this ordinance. Eugene Municipal Code 4.670 / 4.672(1)
Offense: Violation        Fine: Base fine: $375

Eugene Police: Party Safe, Party Responsible