New Year’s Eve in Long Beach: Everything you need to know

Long Beach police remind the public of a few safety tips and laws that will be in effect on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day:

• Don’t celebrate by firing weapons into the air. In California, this is a felony and punishable by up to three years in state prison.

Anyone wishing to report illegal gunfire should provide an exact location and physical description of the person or car involved. Call 9-1-1, or the dispatch phone line at 562-435-6711.

• Do designate a sober driver. Police will be out in force Thursday and Friday looking for drivers under the influence.

• If hosting a party, do serve non-alcoholic drinks as an option to guests.

• If you drink, do call a taxi, use public transportation, or ask a sober friend to drive

• Do trust your instincts and recognize warnings signs of dangerous behavior or situations.

• 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

“We want everyone to celebrate New Year’s Eve responsibly,” Police Chief Robert Luna said in a statement. “Together, we can make this a safe and enjoyable holiday, so if you see something, say something.”

Source: Press Telegram

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