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Police urge caution on New Year’s

December 28, 2015

Officials will utilize ShotSpotter,

Officials urge residents to plan for a safe end of 2015 and celebration of the start to 2016.

“We’ve had extra personnel working daily since the beginning of December, especially in the shopping and heavy traffic areas,” Rocky Mount police Cpl. Mike Lewis said. “We’ll have a full staff working New Year’s Eve and additional officers working again with a focus on traffic safety, curtailing shots fired, parties from getting out of hand and drunk drivers.”

Every year, a handful of residents ring in the new year by lighting fireworks or firing guns, but officials said those forms of celebration are not legal in the city limits and a citation could damper festivities.

“What goes up, must come down – so keep the safety of yourself and others in mind when considering firing guns into the air,” Lewis said. “It is a city ordination violation, but you could gravely injure someone and your negligence could lead to more serious consequences.”

Officials will utilize ShotSpotter, a system that uses acoustic sensors to triangulate the location of gunfire, to find trigger-happy revelers and respond to calls from residents about gunshots.

“Common sense and erring on the side of safety will prevent a lot of tragedies from occurring,” Lewis said.

Law enforcement from various agencies will be setting up checkpoints to target drunken drivers.

Other officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers on streets and highways throughout the area.

“Be a good friend, a relative or neighbor and step in when someone is not in a condition to drive,” Lewis said. “Don’t be afraid to call a cab for someone because the worst thing is to stay quiet and let something terrible happen.”

Officials urged residents to take responsibility for improving safety in the Twin Counties – not only during the holidays, but throughout the year.

“We want residents to get involved in the overall safety of the community,” Lewis said.

To report suspicious, criminal or dangerous behavior, call the non-emergency number, 911 or to report reckless driving by dialing *HP from a cellphone.

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