The Midland Police Department will be working to keep the community safe this weekend and is offering tips for citizens who plan to celebrate Independence Day in town.
It is illegal to possess or discharge fireworks within the Midland city limits or within 5,000 feet of the city limits. This includes any firework that must be ignited by a heat source. Small items such as “poppers” are not prohibited. Individuals are subject to confiscation of all fireworks found in their possession and a fine up to $2,000 plus court costs.
Citizens are urged to call 911 immediately regarding any firework related injuries or fires, but are asked to use MPD’s non-emergency line, 432-685-7110, to report the use of fireworks. 911 dispatch centers are inundated every Fourth of July with non-emergency calls, so please call 911 only for life-threatening emergencies that need immediate help.
Citizens are encouraged to attend sanctioned shows to enjoy fireworks and to secure pets indoors if possible to prevent them from becoming frightened and escaping.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 164 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver during the 2014 July Fourth holiday. However, more than a third of those killed in drunk-driving accidents are not the impaired driver.
Follow these tips to ensure a safer July Fourth holiday for everyone:
- Designate a sober driver before drinking and give them your keys so you won’t be tempted.
- If you’re impaired, call a taxi, Uber, or a sober friend or family member to pick you up.
- Report any drunk drivers you see on the roads to 911 as soon as you safely can.
- Always wear your seat belt to protect yourself from any impaired drivers on the road.
- Don’t let friends or family members drive drunk. Call them a cab or drive them yourself if you’re sober.
The Midland Police department would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day weekend.###
Media Contact: MPD Communications Specialist Rachel Walker