July 4th safety reminders from the Jackson PD

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Jackson Police Department wants the residents and visitors of Jackson Hole to have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend. "We believe the public should be aware of a few items that will help ensure that we do not have any violation of some of our city ordinances that are intended to promote safety for us all, but are often overlooked or not common knowledge," said the police department in a release. 1. The current fire danger rating on 7/1/2016 if rated “HIGH”. 2. Open fires are NOT permitted in the TOJ city limits unless within an approved outdoor fireplace. (See ordinance 8.12.166 for definitions of a legal outdoor fireplace). Violations are a criminal misdemeanor offense. 3. Fireworks may NOT be sold or used in the TOJ or Teton County. City ordinance 8.20.050 indicates that police authorities SHALL seize fireworks for destruction if they encounter them. Violations are a criminal misdemeanor offense. 4. Open containers of alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted in public, except within approved areas of certain special events, pre-approved by the City Council. 5. Public intoxication to a degree that interferes with the peaceable use of the public sidewalks, roadways, or to a degree that renders a person a danger to themselves or others is a criminal misdemeanor offense and jailable. 6. Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol is not only dangerous and illegal, but a guaranteed way to miss the holiday weekend with your friends and family. Don’t risk it…drink responsibly and have a plan to get home safely. The Jackson Police Department wants to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend. *Feature Photo: h/t Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news