As Santa Clara gears up for what traditionally has been a busy weekend for parties with college students returning for the fall quarter, police have a handout to give to students they hope will help young people stay safe.
Saturday is "move-in" day at Santa Clara University, the day designated for incoming freshman to move into the dorms.
"Everyone's coming back this weekend. It's fun seeing everyone," said SCU student Allison McNamara. "That's always a fun day to welcome [freshmen] and show them a good time."
Police have been preparing for what traditionally has been a busy weekend for parties.
For the past three days, Santa Clara Police officers have been handing out fliers to students and residents living around the university.
"We like to do outreach to the students," said Santa Clara Police Captain Phil Cooke.
The handout outlines the city's laws on a range of frequent violations including a loud noise ordinance, to leaving unattended "beer pong" tables on the front of a property.
Officers said last year's move-in weekend was especially troublesome when they were inundated with calls related to parties and alcohol consumption.
"We notice when there's a new class that comes in at the start of a new session, there will be an increase of activity for a little bit," said Cooke.
Returning students also mean more activity for local businesses.
This weekend, Santa Clara Liquor will start extending its hours, remaining open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays to accommodate the student clientele.
"We've been here for a while, so we know the first week is very hectic [with] the kids moving in," said store owner Phillip Phan.
On the Santa Clara University website, it says statistics show the first six weeks of the first quarter are a high-risk time for excessive alcohol use.
Even though police say they're not expecting anything unusual, additional staff have been scheduled for this weekend.
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