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JPD's Fourth of July safety reminders

Posted: July 3, 2012 - 11:00pm

The Juneau Police Department is staffing extra officers for the Fourth of July holiday.

Lt. David Campbell said in a release that 17 officers are working the night of July 3, and that 32 officers, five community service officers and four citizens on patrol will be working July 4.

Campbell advised pedestrians to wear bright colored clothing and to watch out for motor vehicle vehicles, and to carry a light at night.

Motorists are advised to watch for increased pedestrian activities especially since multiple roads will be blocked and parking will be limited during the parades.

Salable fireworks are legal, and JPD will only investigate incidents where fireworks are used in an unsafe manner, the release states. Dangerous and homemade fireworks are prohibited.

The City and Borough of Juneau’s Open Container Law is still in effect during the holiday, and alcohol consumption in public is not allowed.

During the Juneau and Douglas parades, participants are reminded to not throw candy to spectators. Having children enter the roadway to retrieve candy is unsafe. Participants that wish to give out candy or other items are encouraged to hand them out directly.

Campbell said the JPD wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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