Safety during the July 4th Holiday, Posted June 23, 2015
July 4th is about fun and celebration to observe our country’s independence. The Fuquay-Varina Police Department would like everyone to enjoy their holiday but also wish to remind the public about safety issues surrounding the July 4th holiday. Before you leave home to celebrate at various events, such as the July 3rd fireworks display in Fuquay-Varina, please remember to:
- Arrange for a designated driver, or another safe form of transportation, before going out. This will help prevent people from drinking and driving and ensure the safety of themselves and others.
- Make sure that others within your group are also acting safely and obeying all laws and ordinances. Wear your seat belt and obey traffic laws.
- Attend events with a group of friends or family. Avoid leaving events alone.
- Parents should supervise and monitor youth under the age of 18 at events.
- Do not display large amounts of cash at an event.
· If attending a large public fireworks event, obey traffic control and police officers working the event. Do not park in areas designated as “no parking” areas. Remember, in congested areas, police, fire and rescue units must be able to travel freely to gain access to emergency situations.
The public is also reminded that discharging firearms within the Town limits of Fuquay-Varina is a violation of Town Ordinance. Per 8-6012 Discharging Guns, etc. "It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge or explode any gun, firecracker, cannon cracker, pistol, rocket or other explosive of whatever character upon any of the streets, alleys, sidewalks, or other public places of the Town". Per 8-6015 Firearms, "It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm at any time or place within the Town of Fuquay-Varina corporate limits except when used in defense of person or property or pursuant to lawful directions of law enforcement officers". The public is 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.
Contacting the FVPD
The Fuquay-Varina Police Department anticipates a higher number of police-related calls for service during the July 4th weekend. We appreciate your patience with our response to non-emergency calls for service, which may be delayed so that officers may emergency calls for police service. Should you need to contact the Fuquay-Varina Police Department, call (919) 552-3191.