FWPD warns against celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Fort Wayne Police are reminding residents of the do’s and don’ts for safety this New Year’s Eve. Chief Steve Reed sent a notice to warn against celebratory gunfire. According to the release, “It’s that time of year when some people celebrate the New Year by firing gunshots into the air. We all know that what goes up must come down; and in this case, it’s bullets moving at deadly speed.”

FWPD goes on to say that in years past, many people have been seriously wounded or killed by falling bullets on New Year’s Eve. Those tragic deaths and serious injuries, which resulted from stray bullets.

The Fort Wayne Police Department maintains a zero tolerance stance on any and all illegal gun use and gun crime during the holiday. Please do your part to make the holiday a happy and safe one.

“There are many ways to safely celebrate with family and friends. Discharging a firearm is NOT one of them,” said Chief Steve Reed. “It’s just too easy for people to get hurt. Leave the firearms at home, in a safe and secure location.”

If you’re hosting a celebration or attending one, Fort Wayne Police encourage you to consider the following safety tips:

• Plan ahead by naming a “designated driver” before any drinking begins
• Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests
• Remember that drinking lowers inhibitions and may cause you to make poor decisions
• If you do drink, call a taxi, use public transportation, or ask a sober friend or family member to drive you home
• Trust your instincts and recognize warning signs
• While out, be careful what you post online; don’t alert others that you are not at home and your house is vulnerable to burglary
• Report drunk drivers, Call 9-1-1