JPD: Don’t drink and drive, practice fireworks safety during holidays

The Juneau Police Department is advising residents to exercise care while driving this New Year’s Eve.

While celebrating with family and friends may include drinking alcoholic beverages, it is important for people attending parties to be safe and not put others at risk when traveling to and from social gatherings.

Party hosts can help reduce accidents by coordinating safe rides home for guests.

If driving over the holidays, do not drink. Alcohol in the system can impair driving abilities. To enhance driving focus, avoid distractions such as cell phones, always wear a seat belt and ensure passengers are buckled up as well.

Saleable fireworks are legal in Juneau, but their usage could violate the law if used inappropriately. Never throw fireworks at another person, or use them in a way that might damage property. Children should never be allowed to play with fireworks and, in general, should be taught fire safety.

Fireworks usage could also violate the City and Borough of Juneau noise ordinance, depending on where and when they are used. JPD will strive to respond to all noise complaints involving fireworks. However, if officers are dealing with higher priority calls their response time could be delayed.

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