JC police boosts staffing for holiday festivities

Southern Fun Carnival’s Mikeal Fuller, right, and Jerry Hansen work to install the “Far Out” swing near the intersection of East Capitol Avenue and Monroe Street on Tuesday as carnival workers set up the midway in preparation for downtown’s upcoming Salute to America festivities which begin Thursday evening.

Southern Fun Carnival’s Mikeal Fuller, right, and Jerry Hansen work to install the “Far Out” swing near the intersection of East Capitol Avenue and Monroe Street on Tuesday as carnival workers set up the midway in preparation for downtown’s upcoming Salute to America festivities which begin Thursday evening. Photo by Kris Wilson.

For the Fourth of July holiday, the Jefferson City Police Department will increase its staffing levels throughout the community.

Additional officers will patrol downtown and in the North Jefferson City area where many activities will take place, officials said.

Parking along Mokane Road and Hibernia Road in North Jefferson City will be on one side of the road. Discharging of fireworks within the city limits is banned, and no fireworks of any kind are permitted on the Jefferson City Memorial Airport property.

JCPD will also be joining other Missouri law enforcement agencies in an effort to crack down on drunken driving today through July 6.

There will be additional police officers watching for hazardous moving violations, including intoxicated drivers, as part of funding provided from MoDOT’s Division of Traffic and Highway Safety.

In 2013, 223 people were killed and 692 were seriously injured in crashes involving a drunken driver.

The Sober Driver program will be in operation this holiday weekend. You can call 636-7102 for a free ride home up to a $10 value, if you are impaired or if you are with a driver who is impaired.

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