Officials urge safety during 4th of July celebrations

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 1:13pm

With the Fourth of July holiday upon us, the Shreveport Police Department is busy making preparations to ensure this year’s festivities are safe for all.

The Shreveport Police Department wants everyone to have a fun Fourth, but we also want to stress that our officers will be out there working hard to make it a safe Fourth. While we encourage citizens to be excited about the Fourth of July, we would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone NOT to fire guns into the air in celebration of the birth of our great nation. Bear in mind what goes up must come down, and that certainly applies to bullets shot into the air. While some may think they magically disappear, this is not the case and innocent people can be hurt or killed as the result of falling projectiles. It is against the law to discharge any type of firearm in the city limits of Shreveport and your police department will be proactively seeking out those who would recklessly put the lives of others at risk. If you are caught discharging a firearm, you will go to jail.

In addition to aggressive patrols seeking out reports of gunshots, officers will also be focusing on addressing traffic issues. Most serious traffic crashes are caused as a result of one of three things: speeding, driving while distracted and driving while impaired. Add an unrestrained occupant to the equation and the results can be deadly. Please join with us as we work to reduce the number of injuries and deaths reported on our roadways by slowing down, paying more attention, wearing your seatbelt and always utilizing a designated driver if you are going to be drinking.

In the City of Shreveport, the sale, discharge, ignition or explosion of fireworks authorized for sale pursuant to Louisiana state law is prohibited in the city limits, except from noon on June 25, 2012 through 10:00 p.m. July 5, 2012. Bottle rockets of any type or sky rockets with sticks are prohibited and it is unlawful to sell, possess, or use these types of rockets. Between now and July 5, 2012 no fireworks can be discharged within the city limits after 10:00 p.m. Obviously common sense and discretion will govern enforcement actions. To report any fireworks issues citizens can call the non-emergency number for the Shreveport Police Department at 318-673-BLUE(2583) extension 3.

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