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New Hampshire July 4th Holiday-Fireworks and DWI

Our Independence Day Celebration falls midweek this year.  With good weather on the horizon, NH tourism official estimate approximately 850,000 visitors into our State between Friday, June 29, and Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The NH  DWI Attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A., take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday, and to remind you not to drink and drive.
The 4th of July is Holiday is often celebrated with magnificent fireworks displays, baseball and family barbecues. But some revelers get caught up in the celebration and forget that drinking and fireworks can be a disastrous combination. Local authorities around the State have implemented roaming foot patrols to monitor the use of fireworks at busy public destinations. And, DWI Hunter patrols will be in force looking to stop drunk or impaired motorists.  Public drunkenness, illegal possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct and illegal use of fireworks are among the most common charges seen this Holiday.


Fireworks safety tips.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers the following tips to stay safe while using fireworks:

  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
  • Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
  • Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
  • Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.

Be considerate of others this July 4th Holiday.

New Hampshire beaches, parks and recreational areas are great venues to celebrate July 4th.   As NH Criminal Defense Attorneys, we remind you to be considerate of others as you celebrate our National Independence.  Disorderly Conduct violation (NH RSA 644:2) in NH Consists of the following types of activities:

  1. Creating a condition in public that is hazardous and serves no legitimate purpose;
  2. Fighting in public;
  3.  Engaging in violent or tumultuous behavior in public;
  4. Engaging in threatening behavior in public;
  5.  Acting in a way that can evoke a violent reaction in public;
  6.  Being obscene in public;
  7.  Saying or yelling things in a public place that could offend someone;
  8.  Saying or yelling offensive things in a private place that could be heard in a public place.

NH’s Fireworks Rules and Regulations can be found here:

The NH Criminal Defense lawyers remind you to stay safe and arrest- free this July 4th.  If you need our help, feel free to contact our NH Criminal Lawyers at 603-624-0390.


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