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Public Safety

Brian Masterson
Fireworks
June 29, 2018

The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety recommends that you follow these safety tips to enjoy your fireworks display this holiday: 

Read all warning labels and follow directions on each firework device. 

Fireworks burn very hot; ONLY ADULTS SHOULD HANDLE AND LIGHT FIREWORKS. 

Consumption of alcohol or drugs while lighting fireworks endangers yourself and those around you. 

Never use fireworks near dry grass. Always light fireworks outdoors on a hard, flat and level surface to prevent an item from tipping over. 

Spectators, especially children, should remain a safe distance away from the shooting area, generally 25-40 feet. 

Never put your head or any part of your body over a firework. Never hold a lit firework in your hand. 

The fireworks shooter should wear eye protection. 

Make sure that you keep a garden hose and a fire extinguisher nearby. 

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place. They should not be carried in your pocket. 

Please be considerate of your pets and animals and keep them indoors.

The city will have additional staff on duty for the 4th of July. The use of illegal fireworks is a serious violation of the law. Officers will be making arrests and issuing fines of $1,000 for the possession or use of illegal fireworks. 

We hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July!

S.T.O.P.

In March, the Traffic Unit at Rohnert Park Public Safety implemented a new program called S.T.O.P. (Selected Traffic Operations Places). S.T.O.P. identifies different locations each month within each of our police beats for focused traffic enforcement. 

Data from 2017 showed increases in traffic and injury collisions. Speeding, stop sign and stop light violations were the top three issues. Since March, with the S.T.O.P. program we have increased traffic stops. Officers are making a difference by educating drivers about their dangerous driving and issuing citations when necessary. We are seeing a difference in the targeted areas and have received many thankful comments from the residents in those areas. The mission is simple - if we all do a little bit of work in a specific area, we then can make a big difference in that part of town.  

The Traffic Unit strives to reduce traffic-related injuries and complaints. As we address traffic complaints from residents and gather statistics from our digital display signs from around town, we will make this the “Safest City on the 101 corridor.”