According to Undersheriff Ron Clark, the Rod Run weekend was a success. The Pacific County Sheriff's Office reports arrests were down from last year by half with only 20 people booked into jail. Most of their calls were traffic related with the top complaint being traffic offenses followed by traffic hazards. Deputies handled 109 complaints over the weekend, which was down from last year by 26 patrol calls.
Clark continued, "As like every year we experienced gridlock on our roadways. This was particularly true on Saturday beginning in the early evening. There are two main safety concerns regarding the gridlock. One is that people on the shoulder of the roadways are encouraging drivers to burn off. There are several different locations every year where people are doing this along our highway. They have signs reading 'burn off' and toss liquids onto the road. Some will take the challenge. Our concern is that there is several people including children along the shoulders and could you imagine the disaster that would happen if just one car lost control and went into the crowd?
"The second concern using that same scenario is now getting emergency services to that location. The response would be by multi agencies and the need to get there fast. Our primary concern is for the whole public safety. We need to be able to respond to everyone's medical, fire and law enforcement needs everywhere. Another realistic scenario is a fire response to our already dry conditions. Multiple agencies would be responding but with our traffic situation, how can emergency services get there rapidly to protect lives and property? These are some of the issues that all agencies will be addressing in an after action meeting."