Silent nights: Event-filled week light on crime, cops say
NORTH SHORE ” Local law enforcement officials reported few major accidents, arrests, and outstanding events between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day this year.
Despite the influx of visitors and the heavy snowfall, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol in Truckee said everything went smooth throughout the holidays, a trend they have noticed for the past few years.
“Nothing really eventful happened,” said Lt. Allan Carter of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. “It has been pretty quiet the past three years, and other than the avalanche accident on Christmas Day, there were no outstanding events this year.”
While New Year’s Eve was busy with the typical “415s” ” Disturbing the Peace ” it was fairly quiet, Lt. Carter said. “It might have had something to do with New Year’s Eve being on a Wednesday,” he added.
Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, the California Highway Patrol in Truckee reported 16 vehicle crashes, two of which involved minor injuries with the rest only reporting property damages, said Officer Steve Skeen of the California Highway Patrol in Truckee.
“There were no major problems,” said Officer Skeen, “no fatal accidents and no major incidents.”
There were, however, five cases of motorists driving under the influence of alcohol during the holiday period, something Officer Skeen said is typical this time of year.
“There’s always DUIs over that period of time,” said Skeen, “but we like to get them before they are involved in crashes.”
But looking at the whole holiday period, Skeen said it was a relatively quiet year, even with the influx of visitors coming up to catch the snow.
“Sometimes it depends on the weather, and like this past week, a lot of people come skiing when it snows,” said Skeen. “But as far as the number of accidents, people behaved on the roadways. And that’s the way we like it.”
Though the holidays around Tahoe remained tame this year, a few Southern California law enforcement officials were forced to deal with some rough-and-tumble characters on New Year’s Eve.
Los Angeles police said they arrested 13 people for firing their guns into the air at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, the Associated Press reported.
Also, Highway 50 on the South Shore was backed up for hours on Saturday, reported the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
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A small amount of snow is now expected to stick when it starts to fall later this week, the National Weather Service said.