Police cracking down on New Year's Eve drunk drivers
Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - As cities across the country prepare to ring in the New Year, Tucson will soon follow suit with no shortage of parties.
And with parties, comes alcoholic beverages.
"Don't want people not to enjoy themselves tonight, however do so safely is the ultimate goal," said Sgt. Maria Hawke, with the Tucson Police Department.
Sgt. Hawke says officers will be out in full-force, cracking down on drunk drivers.
"The full contingent of our DUI squads will be out assisting, with the Southern Arizona Task Force, as obvious as what you would expect in making sure that there out there and making our streets as safe as possible," she said.
Officers will also be watching out for gun firing into the air, which is a felony.
Back in 2007, a stray bullet tore through the roof of a five-year-old boys bedrooom and injured his head.
"We know that it happens, it happens, every year, and we would just like to remind people, when you fire a gun whether up in the air or at someone, still comes down could have the same level of force," said Hawke.
Last but not least, fireworks, which fire officials say can be dangerous.
"Something like that catch that on hair, clothing now you're going to be doing stop, drop and roll drills, rather than having a fun New Year's eve party," said Captain. Barrett Baker, a spokesperson with the Tucson Fire Department.
Even though you can buyt them Tucson, you can't use them within the city limits.
"Anything that goes up in the air is banned in the state, so you can't even use those, some of the thing things like the bottle rockets you can purchase them in the city, but you're not allowed to use them in the city," he said.