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Subject: New Year Safety Reminder
Date: 2023-12-31
From: Lieutenant Krag Campbell
Case or Incident: #N/A

2023 is coming to a close, and the Juneau Police Department would like to remind everyone to have a safe and happy New Year.

The Juneau Police Department would like to remind drivers that while celebrating the end of 2023 brings fun and excitement, safely getting to and from gatherings must be a priority. We recognize that celebrating with family and friends may include drinking alcoholic beverages, and if you choose to drink, do so responsibly and please don't drink and drive. Everyone plays a part in helping to keep our community safe and not put others at risk when traveling to and from social gatherings. Be focused on your driving, avoid distractions such as cell phones, always wear your seatbelt, and ensure your passengers are buckled up as well.

If you see a drunk driver, call JPD to report it. Juneau Crime Line offers rewards for people who call in drunk drivers. If an arrest is made, your name can be put in to receive a DWI reward. This is Crime Line's way of saying thank you for helping keep our community safe.

If you plan to set off fireworks, please do so responsibly and follow the City and Borough's ordinance on fireworks.

Concussive Fireworks - Mines and shells (mortars) and tubes larger than 3/4" - They are allowed when all three conditions are met; on private property or on designated public property, located outside the Fire Service Area, and only on New Year's (also during the Fourth of July) as defined below.

Holiday Fireworks - Roman candles, skyrockets with sticks, helicopter rockets, and firecrackers with soft casings. They are allowed on private property or designated public property.

Allowable Fireworks - Cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, wheels, illuminating torches, dipped sticks, novelties. Allowed on private property or designated public property.

Allowable Times of Use for Fireworks Over New Year's:

  • December 31: 10:00 a.m.—Midnight (14 hours)
  • January 1: Midnight—1:00 a.m. (one hour)
  • January 1: 10:00 a.m.—11:59 p.m. (14 hours)

The Fire Service Area extends from the end of Thane Road to Cohen Drive; out to the North Douglas boat launch and up to the houses on Fish Creek Road; out to the end of Sandy Beach on Douglas; all of the Lemon Creek; and all of the Mendenhall Valley. A person who violates the fireworks ordinance may be subject to a $250 fine.

The Juneau Police Department would like to wish everyone a happy New Year. Stay safe!

All factual allegations contained in this release are based upon preliminary investigation and are subject to change or clarification as the investigation continues. Any charges reported in this release are merely accusations and all persons named in this release are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.