UOPD: Use caution as busy weekend nears for Ducks

A big weekend is ahead at the University of Oregon with a number of events planned. In preparation, the University of Oregon Police Department is urging students and area residents to practice patients and best judgement.

Posted: Oct. 28, 2017 6:10 PM
Updated: Oct. 28, 2017 6:10 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A big weekend is ahead at the University of Oregon with a number of events planned. In preparation, the University of Oregon Police Department is urging students and area residents to practice patients and best judgement.

UOPD said it's expecting a busy weekend because it is homecoming weekend, both a football and basketball game will be played, and students will be celebrating Halloween.

Officers said because of the events on campus, large crowds are expected. Traffic is expected to be heavier than normal, both foot and vehicle. Officers urge the public to use caution and be patient.

" Eugene police officers will be helping manage traffic," said UO Police Chief Matthew Carmichael. "I recommend people park as they typically would, but be prepared for some delays just because the holiday weekend."

UOPD will also be out in full force looking for drivers who get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They suggest you hand over the keys and/or designate a driver.

Officers said there will be eleven designated student shuttles. The shuttles are a partnership with the university's Associated Student Union.

"We encourage our students to do, is one, don't walk alone and two don't drive impaired," said UO Police Chief Matthew Carmichael.

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