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Triple Fines In Place For Fireworks Violators in Santa Cruz

File photo/Wikimedia.
File photo/Wikimedia.
Announcement from the Santa Cruz Police Department:

The Santa Cruz City Council has approved a citywide safety enhancement designation for July 4-6.

This means tripling of fines for violations such as the discharge of fireworks, littering and public consumption of alcohol.

With additional court costs, minimum fines will be $532.

Please follow all posted signs and call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.

For more information: cityofsantacruz.com

If you witness illegal fireworks being discharged, we strongly encourage you to call 9-1-1 immediately to report this incident.

We ask that you are willing to assist us by signing a complaint against the person(s) responsible and be willing to testify in court, if necessary.

We are relying on our partnership with the community to keep us all safe this 4th of July. Thank you and have a safe Independence Day holiday weekend.

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Jozseph Schultz July 04, 2014 at 04:45 PM
The costs of enforcing these repressive measures so far outstrips the costs of repairing the damages and injuries caused by illegal fireworks and illegal alcohol consumption(remember, we're not talking about anti-social behaviors caused by alcohol or fireworks, but the alcohol itself) as to defy reason. Why not just ban all public gatherings, like they do in Egypt and China, to make the police job of identifying criminals easier by making everyone a criminal?

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