Every 4th of July you hear what police will and will not tolerate. Every year the outcome is the same. People drink and drive and fires are sparked by carelessly lit fireworks.
Police and sheriff's deputies are extending the same forewarning. "Those events that will display fireworks within the city have obtained a permit to do so. Also, our officers will respond on a zero tolerance for those reports of firearms being fired into the air. Not only is it against the law but has the potential to cause injury and or death to persons around," says Corporal Kyle Soriez of the Lafayette Police Department
Not only is it against the law to shoot-off a fire arm to celebrate - its also dangerous. Soriez says impaired driving will not be tolerated. "We always urge people that if you're going to drink use a designated driver," adds Soriez.
Captain Kip Judice of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office expects heavier traffic than normal. For that increased patrols are in place. "We are looking for impaired drivers, concentrating on people driving aggressively and causing issues on our streets."
Law enforcement officers will be ready to cite anyone found not using a seat belt. That includes children - they too are to be buckled-up when seated in a moving vehicle. "A large percentage of injuries and fatal crashes are the result of a person not being belted," says Soriez.
Police, sheriff's deputies and state troopers are ready to enforce the zero tolerance policy; from drunk driving to seat belts - and remember fireworks are not allowed within Lafayette City limits.
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