The Winston-Salem Police Department will have extra police officers on duty on New Year’s Eve and is reminding residents that it is illegal to discharge firearms within the city limits.
Every year the Police Department responds to multiple calls of discharged firearms on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, said Officer Jonathan Lewis of the Crime Prevention Unit. “Discharging firearms, even into the air, is prohibited by the city code,” Lewis said. “Each year we take reports of damage to homes and vehicles from falling bullets, and there is always the chance that a falling bullet could hurt someone.”
Fireworks that spin or shoot into the air are also prohibited by the city code.
Citizens who celebrate away from home should have a designated driver if they drink alcohol or partake of any impairing substance. Patrol officers will be looking for impaired drivers. Citizens should also remember not to play music too loud.