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Program tried and true

It’s a sure sign that fall is approaching when it’s announced that the “Safe Semester” program of road closures and other measures in the downtown bar district is again going into effect.
The program of Guelph’s Downtown Late Night Task Force, now in its third year, is getting some new teeth when it starts this Friday. This year, for the first time, cars parked on closed sections of Macdonell and Wyndham streets after 11 p.m. on weekend nights until  Sept. 28 will be towed and impounded at the owners’ expense.
A city hall report last fall described the Safe Semester program, which coincides with the return of U of G students, as a “resounding success.” Guelph Police have reported an overall reduction in assaults, disturbances, intoxicated people, property damage and public urination when the program has been in effect.
This program only lasts a few weeks, but it appears to set the tone for the new academic year. It also signals in an unmistakable way that summer is drawing to a close.

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