DuneFest safety: 'We'll be watching for impaired drivers on the sand'

WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. - Adrenaline junkies from all over are on the South Coast this week for DuneFest 2014.

And while everything's set for a fun weekend, it can also be a dangerous one.

"We're going to have anywhere between 8,000 and 10,000 people out here," said Rich Patten, safety coordinator. "Just the dynamics of safety are huge."

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Everyone from the fire department to hospital staff will be on hand for any accidents on the sand.

Patten said riders should always be aware of their surroundings and keep an eye out for other riders.

And don't forget to ride sober.

"If you're on the sand and you're caught for DUI, there's no difference between that and driving on the street," he said.

No alcohol is allowed on the sand, but it is allowed in certain campgrounds..

"We'll be watching for impaired drivers on the sand, making sure people aren't driving in a reckless manner that could potentially endanger other riders on the sand," said Deputy Sam Lillie. "We want to keep it as safe environment so everyone can have a good time and go home at the end of it."