BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Burlington Police are reminding residents that during the New Year holiday, they have a zero tolerance policy for celebratory gunfire.
Police say they will be deploying patrol officers in specific areas of the city that have the highest amount of gunshot and firework activity.
Burlington Police told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford that on New Year's Eve between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., they'll get twice the amount of calls than usual...all because of gunfire.
Firing a gun within the city is illegal. Not just for Burlington, but for Greensboro, and Winston-Salem too. Most cities have similar ordinances. If police track a bullet to you, you could be charged.
The other part to all of this....it's dangerous.
If you shoot a gun in the sky, that bullet's going to land somewhere. Bullets can end up in homes, cars, breaking windows, hurting or even killing people.
"They don't understand that when they fire a gun, the bullet goes up in the air and has to come down somewhere. And it could be on someone and someone ends up getting hurt or killed," said Lt. Bret Currie with Burlington Police.
Assistant Chief C.S. Verdeck tells WFMY News 2 anyone caught firing guns in the city is subject to arrest and having their weapons seized.
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Another reminder from police: don't drink and drive.
Most departments will beef up patrol on New Year's Eve to arrest drunk drivers. The entire state is under the Booze It & Lose It Campaign. That means more checkpoints and more patrol by DWI task forces. The Booze It & Lose It campaign runs until January 5th.
Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at 336-229-3500.
Burlington Police, WFMY News 2