Thursday, October 25, 2012

Charleston police to ramp up James Island patrols this weekend

CPD plans patrols on top of additional Skinful security

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM


With Skinful Halloween in town, Charleston Police Department says they'll be stepping up patrols on James Island around the annual festival where a party-goer was struck and killed by a car driven by another reveler following last year's bash.

The Post and Courier reports that CPD is dispatching traffic deputies and members of the department's Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic Unit to patrol Folly Road and the area around the Brick House Kitchen where Skinful is set to take place. With access to that area of James Island limited to a few main roads, it means that if the dangers of drinking and driving aren't enough to make you hitch a sober ride home, the threat of a Charleston Police DUI checkpoint or roving blue lights might be.

After a 25-year old Skinful attendee was struck and killed by a drunk driver leaving the festival last year, organizers say they are taking steps to make sure patrons are safe this year. Skinful founder Brian King told the City Paper there would be more than 15 off-duty law enforcement officers to monitor the perimeter of the party in addition to more than 40 security personnel inside and fire/EMT officials on hand.

So, if you see Axel Foley at Skinful and he tells you the heat is on, take him at his word.

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