VIDEO: Guam Police Department Reminds Residents to Ring in New Year Safely

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Guam – With 2013 coming to an end, the Guam Police Department reminds residents to be safe when ringing in the New Year.

As we celebrate the coming New Year tomorrow, GPD will be patrolling the streets. GPD Spokesperson AJ Balajadia said Guam Highway Patrol will be out on full force conducting DUI checkpoints on major roadways and will also be checking for seat belt violations and registration.

“Well first off, Guam Highway Patrol will be out on full force. They will be doing DUI checkpoints. They will start at 6 PM new years eve and will continue about 6 AM new years day. They will evaluate whether or not they need to be reactivated in the late afternoon at 6 pm to continue to the next day. We want the public to know that we will be looking for not only whether or not you’ve been drinking alcohol but anything that may impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely under the influence of any narcotic or prescription medicine that may hamper your ability to operate that vehicle safely,” explained Balajadia.
 
Alongside road safety, Operation Dragon, Criminal Justice Strike Force, Civilian Police Reserves and CAPE volunteers will be out working the streets and neighborhoods. Officer Balajadia reminds residents that weapons, homemade cannons and fireworks are not allowed. 
“It’s very serious. We need to start curbing some of this shooting in the air. Every year, we have incidences of people being injured. Come midnight, if you have firearms going off in the air in your neighborhood, it’s best to seek shelter in a concrete structure, not a tin roof because the bullets penetrate through tin. Thats something to be mindful of. So if you have a neighbor shooting off firearms or cannons, contact the Guam Police Department and we will send an officer out there and verify if there’s illegal activity going on. Individuals caught with homemade cannons, parents will be held responsible as well. We will do confiscation on those homemade cannons,” said Balajadia. 
READ the news release from GPD below:

NEW YEARS SAFETY TIPS

The Guam Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, with that we’d like to remind the public about safe when ringing in the New Year.

Every year we have reports of injured people from stray bullets. The Guam Police Department would like to remind the public that shooting guns into the air during New Year celebrations is illegal. Anyone caught shooting off a firearm will be arrested and the weapon will be confiscated.  The Chief of Police will ask the Attorney General and the courts for the weapon to be forfeited and have the weapon destroyed..

1.  No weapons, homemade cannons or fireworks are allowed
2.  No drinking and driving, Guam Highway Patrol will be conducting DUI Checkpoints on the major roadways of Guam.
3.  Operations Dragon, Criminal Justice Strike Force, Civilian Police Reserves and CAPE Volunteers will be out working the streets and neighborhoods.
4.  When midnight hits, you should be standing under a concrete ceiling or structure.  Bullets can and have penetrated tin roofs causing injury.

If anyone in your neighborhood is firing off a weapon and you’d like to report it, call the Guam Police Department at 475-8615 – 17.

A J. Balajadia
Guam Police Department Spokesperson