Fireworks, gunfire and DWI: Keeping Dallas safe this New Year’s Eve
The City of Dallas and Dallas Police Department have reminders for those celebrating the New Year this weekend.
It is illegal to possess, store, handle and/or use of fireworks in the city limits and officers may write tickets for those violating the law. This offense is punishable by a fine up to $2,000 and officers may seize the opened fireworks.
Also, discharging a firearm in the city limits is not only illegal, it is very dangerous. What goes up, must come down. Every year, across the country, people are hurt or even killed by stray bullets from celebratory gunfire. This offense is punishable by a fine up to $4,000 and up to one year in jail.
The Dallas Police Department will be running a DWI No-Refusal initiative for the New Year’s Day holiday weekend. This initiative will begin on Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. and will end on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. During this initiative, officers will secure a search warrant for blood samples from all persons arrested for DWI who refuse to voluntarily give a breath and/or blood sample.
On New Year’s Eve, officers will be on patrol looking for violations. Please call 911 to report any of these illegal activities to police. We wish everyone a safe and happy New Year.