With the New Year’s holiday approaching, Tyler police are urging residents to exercise caution as they celebrate.
Although some residents fire guns into the air as a way of celebrating, this act is against the law, according to a Tyler Police Department news release.
Shots fired into the air have caused injury, death and property damage worldwide, according to the news release.
Any falling object of sufficient mass accelerated by gravity alone can cause serious injury or death, according to the news release.
Apart from gunfire, all unauthorized fireworks are prohibited in the city limits unless the person has obtained a special permit from the city.
The police department also will participate in the “No-Refusal” DWI Campaign again this year.
Upon the arrest of a suspected drunk driver, officers will ask the driver if they will submit to a breath or blood test, according to the news release.
If the driver refuses, officers will obtain an immediate search warrant to have blood drawn by a nurse at the Smith County Jail.