This weekend is more than just about celebrating the 239th birthday of America. Police across town are making sure people are obeying the rules and not causing themselves harm or putting others in danger.
It’s a big holiday weekend — and for Georgia the first Fourth of July celebration where people can shoot fireworks LEGALLY, but the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office does warn users of one important thing.
“Anything after 11 o’clock if it’s a loud noise, it will come under a noise ordinance. So the fireworks itself might not be illegal, but you don’t want to keep your neighbors up and be discourteous,” said Lieutenant Blanchard.
Besides the hot dogs, hamburgers, and firework – heavy drinking comes along with the celebration, but with aggressive enforcement Lt. Blanchard hopes to lower deaths from DUIs.
“The first and most important thing is to plan ahead, because you don’t want to find yourself in that situation and if you plan ahead then you don’t have to worry about it,” Lieutenant Blanchard told News Channel 6.
Several local vendors, live music, a unique car show was just some of the many things people could enjoy at First Friday, but the celebration Downtown is just beginning and people will park anywhere to enjoy the evening.
“The fourth of July is also a bad holiday for cars being broken into, you’re parking in a lot of different areas. So if you have anything in your car of value please hide it, or secure it in your trunk, or don’t take it with you,” Lieutenant Blanchard said.
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign has zero tolerance for drinking and driving, but if you find yourself without a ride a deputy will help you.
“Just remember a lot of people will be calling cabs this weekend and your wait might be a while, so I would probably try and reach out to a friend if possible,” said Lieutenant Blanchard.
Designate a driver, phone a friend, or call a cab — but have fun and be safe this Independence Day.
Independence Day celebrations will start at the Augusta Commons tomorrow at 4 p.m. and the fireworks will begin around 9:30 p.m. and for a safe sober ride call 855-2-TOW-2-GO or 855-286-9246, it will take you within a 10-mile radius to a safe location, offered through 6 a.m. on Monday.