The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year, so expect numerous celebrations and plentiful libations around the desert. At the Law Office of Jeff M. Yoss, in Palm Springs, we also love a good time and celebrating our country’s independence, but we hate to see anyone get hurt. Please be sure to have a safe 4th of July and keep this in mind:
Fireworks of any kind are illegal in Riverside County except for Safe and Sane Fireworks in Cathedral City, Coachella, Indio and Blythe. Please note — fireworks purchased in these neighborhoods cannot be transported outside the city limits.
If you are going to use fireworks in these districts, use caution. They can cause terrible injuries and also start fires. Always make sure children never handle any fireworks and are kept far away from any combustible materials.
Many cities, and even private resorts and businesses, have licenses to provide fireworks. Check local listings to find a legal fireworks display near you. Palm Desert hosts a spectacular event at the Palm Desert Civic Park. For more information, check their website: http://www.palm-desert.org/events. There are also celebrations at Palm Springs Stadium (www.palmspringspowerbaseball.com) and at parks throughout the region.
If you are serving party-goers alcoholic beverages, be sure to prevent guests from drinking excessively and driving if they appear intoxicated. Never allow minors to consume alcohol at your property (or anywhere else, for that matter). And be sure that there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages on hand.
When the party is somewhere else, always have a designated driver. In 2012, 10,322 people died in collisions involving drunk drivers. You certainly don’t want to become an unfortunate statistic or cause harm to yourself or others. Expect DUI checkpoints around the area, so be safe and smart and keep in mind that alcohol impairs judgment. Yours if you’ve had something to drink and that of other drivers on the road who may think that they are sober enough to get behind the wheel.
From the Law Office of Jeff M. Yoss, we wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day!
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