New Year's fireworks and sober driving


Friday, December 31, 2021 - Now that the Christmas holidays have ended, many have shifted their attention to celebrating the start of a new year. For some, this celebration may involve fireworks at the stroke of midnight, but do you know what your city's ordinance is regarding the use of fireworks?


The City of Sallisaw's firework ordinance states, "Within the City limits of Sallisaw, personal use is limited to January 1, July 1-4, and December 31 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) each day."


Sallisaw’s Assistant Fire Chief, Steve Padgett, confirmed the ordinance and said, "At this time, there is no active burn ban for Sequoyah County."


In addition to New Year’s celebrations, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will have additional troopers out participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement holiday campaign.


According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office Fact Sheet, "During the New Year’s Day holiday of 2020, there were a total of 149 crashes throughout the state of Oklahoma. Two of these crashes were fatal, resulting in the deaths of two people. Both of these fatal crashes involved drugs. Of the 149 total crashes, 27 were alcohol and/or drug related. This means that over 18% of the holiday crashes on Oklahoma roads involve a potentially impaired driver."


Enjoy your New Year's celebration but remember to be safe and Don't Drink and Drive!



Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer


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