Fewer arrests, reduced crowds on Franklin St.

November 1, 2008 9:48:57 AM PDT
According to the Town of Chapel Hill an estimated 35,000 people attended the Franklin St. Halloween street festival.

Town Manager Roger L. Stancil said he believed the "Homegrown Halloween" campaign assisted in reducing the number of revelers, and strategies implemented by Chapel Hill Police helped to improve safety. Franklin Street was closed at about 10 p.m. to accommodate the crowd and was cleared of people after midnight to wrap up the party.

Some of this year's changes are credited for the success.

Officials restricted access to downtown Chapel Hill through lane and street closures starting at 8 p.m. There were no bus shuttles although Safe Ride buses operated for UNC-Chapel Hill students. Alcohol checkpoints were in place at the event, and DWI enforcement took place along outskirts of Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill also worked with downtown bar and restaurant owners to restrict alcohol sales after 1 a.m.

Crews will cleanup through Saturday morning. Resident who wish to report post Halloween issues can call the Town of Chapel hill between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Public Works: 969-5100


Chapel Hill Transit: 969-4900
Police: 911 for emergencies or 968-2760

As part of the Town's multi-year effort to return the Halloween event to a more manageable size, the Town manager is welcoming all comments and suggestions about the event. Call the Town between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at 968-2743 or send email to publicaffairs@townofchapelhill.org.


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