POSTED: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 7:15pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 7:19pm
Baton Rouge, La — The Baton Rouge Police Department is urging residents to be cautious and responsible while ringing in the 2013 New Year.
Residents are reminded that fireworks of any kind are illegal throughout all of East Baton Rouge Parish and anyone found discharging fireworks will have them confiscated and is also subject to being charged with a criminal offense.
Citizens are also strongly urged not to fire guns into the air, as the bullet will fall to the ground with sufficient velocity to damage property and injure or kill. Anyone found firing a gun into the air in Baton Rouge is subject to being arrested.
Citizens are also urged to drink responsibly and not to drive if they have consumed alcohol. BRPD and all local area law enforcement agencies will have personnel out actively searching for drunk drivers.
A sober, designated driver should be used for groups that may be driving from site to site. Several private companies are also offering free ride-home programs for people who have had too much to drink, and taxi cabs are always much less expensive than a DWI arrest. Many local hotels are also sponsoring New Year’s Eve packages which include an overnight stay.