Law and Public Safety

Law and Public Safety

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St. Louis County Police
7900 Forsyth - Saint Louis, MO 63105

Charlie A. Dooley
County Executive
Committed to Our Citizens
Through Neighborhood Policing
Colonel Jon M. Belmar
Chief of Police

Jun
28
2013

St. Louis County Police Holiday Enforcement

Posted 292 days ago ago by News Editor

For Immediate Release

28-Jun-2013


An accident-free 4th of July holiday period for residents and visitors is the goal of a special holiday enforcement program of the St. Louis County Police. Fireworks violations will be the primary focus of patrol officers because of the preventable injuries that result every year from the illegal use of explosive devices. Summonses will be issued to anyone in possession of, using, or selling fireworks in St. Louis County. County Police will also be checking motorists in an effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on our streets and highways.

The term “fireworks” in the County ordinance covers all combustibles or explosives, including sparklers and “magic snakes.” Fines for the violations range from $50 to $1,000. Officers responding to the sights and sounds of fireworks discharges will seize remaining unexploded devices, as well as issue summonses.

Strict enforcement of traffic safety laws is a key element of the holiday enforcement program. Patrol officers will also be alert for curfew ordinance and liquor law violations which often contribute to accidents. The Highway Safety Unit will be providing patrol on the interstate highways within St. Louis County during the holiday and holiday weekend.

Chief of Police Tim Fitch stated, "The well-being of our citizens and their property is our top priority during this holiday weekend. This special enforcement has been successful in past years due to the community's cooperation. Please use common sense to prevent personal tragedy during this holiday weekend - act responsibly, keep small children in sight and never trust the lives of loved ones to a driver who has been drinking. Finally, remember that not only are fireworks against the law in St. Louis County, but their use can be disrespectful to other residents. There are many other ways to demonstrate one's patriotism without jeopardizing the peace and tranquility of others in your neighborhood."




For additional information on any of these news releases, please contact the media relations staff:

Officer Brian Schellman
bschellman@stlouisco.com
615-4282
Sergeant Colby Dolly
cdolly@stlouisco.com
615-3928
Lieutenant John Blake
jblake@stlouisco.com
615-0184


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