It’s the fall/winter holiday season—a time to enjoy the company of family and friends. Home dinner parties, informal gatherings and other celebrations are abundant... and oftentimes, so is the alcohol. It may go without saying, but those who’ve been drinking aren’t the best judges of their ability to drive. Sonoma County surveys show that over one-third of individuals arrested for alcohol impaired driving locally had been drinking at home or someone else’s home prior to their arrest. Two-thirds of those arrested for DUI believed they were okay to drive when they left the gathering. Alcohol-related injury collisions spike during the months of Nov., Dec. and Jan.—the primary months for holiday entertaining. Help ensure that your guests enjoy themselves and get home safely by limiting guests’ alcohol consumption, providing non-alcoholic beverages, stopping the serving alcoholic beverages to intoxicated guests, serving plenty of food and calling a taxi or ride service when needed.
Tips for a Grinch-less holiday season
Rohnert Park Public Safety wants to remind you this holiday season, as you fill your vehicles and homes with glittering gifts, Grinches are ready to steal your holiday cheer. We offer the following tips for a safer holiday season:
· Hide shopping bags and gifts in your trunk and be sure it’s locked.
· Park in a well-lighted space.
· When shopping, don’t place your purse in your cart and make sure Social Security numbers and passwords are stored at home.
· Make arrangements for secure package and mail delivery. Stop mail delivery if you’re traveling.
· After the gift giving, keep cardboard boxes out of your recycle until the night before trash collection. Don’t make it easy for thieves to figure out all the new electronics, tools, and other valuables that are in your home. Report suspicious activity to the non-emergency line at 584-2600.
Be prepared for storm season
The City of Rohnert Park is here to assist residents in preparation for the winter storms. The amount and severity of flooding depends upon the storm itself and conditions of the local property, street and storm water system. The RP Public Works Department will have free sandbags and sand (for filling the bags) available at the Callinan Sports and Fitness Center, 5405 Snyder Lane (rear of the parking lot). For additional sandbag information call the Public Works Department at 588-3300. In the event of a significant storm, the city’s website will be updated with important notices and information at www.rpcity.org/storm. We also encourage all residents to subscribe to Nixle and SoCo Alerts for the most up-to-the-minute information.
Christmas tree recycling
When your Christmas festivities wrap up, consider the following for tree recycling. Start by removing lights, ornaments, tinsel and stands. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of in the regular garbage bin. If you would like to use your compost/green waste bin, make sure to cut your tree into manageable pieces so that your bin will close. Place your bin on the curb on your regular collection day and you’re done! If you would prefer to just leave your tree for curbside collection, place it curbside the night before your regular collection day for the weeks of Jan. 7 and Jan. 18 - residential customers only. If you prefer to drop off your tree, they are accepted at the following locations: Rohnert Park Community Center at 5401 Snyder Lane or at the Central Landfill at 500 Mecham Road, Petaluma (12/26-1/16). For additional information on tree recycling, contact Recology at 800-243-0291.