With Fourth of July Weekend just days away, law enforcement agencies throughout
St. Louis County and Missouri are making it clear that there will be little
tolerance for those who choose to use fireworks or drive drunk.
While backyard BBQs, libations, and fireworks have become part of how many
Americans celebrate our nation's independence, local law enforcement
and public safety agencies are urging residents throughout the St. Louis
metro area to leave fireworks displays to the professionals this year
and to be aware that strict penalties will be enforced for those who break the law.
Fireworks - In St. Louis County and all 91 municipalities,it is illegal to use, possess, manufacture, or sell fireworks. Local agencies attribute this ban on fireworks to the numerous injuries
and property damage that they can cause. Under local law, "fireworks"
is a term used to cover a wide range of explosive devices. From sparklers
and magic snakes to roman candles, mortars, and other projectile explosives,
all fireworks are off limits in the county. Use and possession of these
devices can result in fines that range from $50 to $1,000, depending on
the circumstances at hand. Despite the strict laws and penalties in place
in St. Louis County, fireworks are legal in many of the surrounding areas,
including Jefferson, Franklin, and St. Charles Counties.
DWI/DUI - In addition to warning the public of the dangers and illegality
of fireworks, St. Louis law enforcement agencies are also advising the
public not to drive while intoxicated. Fourth of July weekend –
as well as the days preceding and following the holiday – accounts
for high rates of
DWI accidents and injuries. As local residents celebrate the birth of our
nation, they are encouraged to drink responsibly and not get behind the wheel.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the county will be joining a nationwide
effort to keep public roadways safe this week. Increased patrols will
be on high alert for curfew ordinances, liquor law violations, and signs
of intoxicated and impaired drivers. If arrested and charged with a DWI,
you can face harsh penalties that include hefty fines, possible terms
of imprisonment, considerable financial costs, and a criminal record.
Any local resident who has been charged with a criminal offense or a DWI
can find the information, support, and representation they need at The
Hammer Law Firm, LLC. If you or your loved one is facing criminal allegations,
place your trust in seasoned St. Louis criminal defense attorneys who
know how to protect your rights and future.
Contact our firm today.