Have a safe Fourth

CPD of­fers a few safety tips for this weekend

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE -

With a pre­dicted zero per­cent chance of rain, a fire­works show in Rock­dale and events in So­cial Cir­cle to­day will pose the threat of a crowded Fourth of July in New­ton County.

The events go on all day from 10 a.m. through 11 p.m. with plenty of people on the roads, both in town and on I-20; few clouds will make for a hot day, and there will be plenty of al­co­holic bev­er­ages and fes­tive but ex­plo­sive fire­works.

Au­thor­i­ties urge safety in all as­pects of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Don’t drink and drive,” CPD cap­tain Ken Mal­com said. “If you must drink, have a des­ig­nated driver. Po­lice will be out more heav­ily than on nor­mal week­ends due to the fact that we want to try to make the streets safer.”

CPD will have ex­tra of­fi­cers work­ing the Square for Cov­ing­ton’s Fourth of July fes­tiv­i­ties. The area will be blocked off to traf­fic start­ing a block off the Square. Park­ing will be ac­ces­si­ble in the city’s park­ing deck and Sharp Sta­dium, where the Cham­ber of Com­merce’s rented trol­ley will pro- vide shut­tle ser­vice. The trol­ley will also op­er­ate as a shut­tle for hand­i­cap pickup by the county’s ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing and drop off near Amici Ital­ian Cafe.

“We’ll be pre­pared,” Mal­com said. “We’ll have a huge pres­ence to help with any traf­fic con­cerns, med­i­cal emer­gen­cies or po­lice-re­lated is­sues that may arise. We an­tic­i­pate a smooth Fourth.”

For those not at­tend­ing Cov­ing­ton’s Fourth of July fes­tiv­i­ties, au­thor­i­ties are urg­ing cau­tion with fire­works, which are limited in their le­gal­ity. Mor­tars and other aerial fire­works are il­le­gal in Ge­or­gia. CPD urges cau­tion with fire­works, us­ing proper fire-safety pro­ce­dures when us­ing sparklers, foun­tains, fire­crack­ers, etc.

“We need to make sure people are aware that fire­works can be dan­ger­ous,” Cov­ing­ton Po­lice As­sis­tant Chief Al­mond Turner said. “Do not al­low your chil­dren to use fire­works.”

Also dan­ger­ous is gun­fire, in which shoot­ing into the air is pro­hib­ited. Yet, CPD is on the watch for any In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tory gun fire.

“It’s pro­hib­ited,” Mal­com said. “We en­cour­age people to use com­mon sense.

“Pre­pare for heavy traf­fic in any travel around At­lanta. Lo­cally our Square will be an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion to go to view fire­works and be part of the mu­sic, food and fun. We an­tic­i­pate big crowds; try to get there early.”

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