MEDFORD, Ore. — Most Fourth of July celebrations go on with a “bang”, but this year, police are cracking down on the late night celebrations. Police say, in the past, officers have been relaxed when it comes to enforcing noise complaints on the 4th of July.
“If we would tell them to stop and they would, we would just let it stop, because it’s Fourth of July, people being patriotic…it’s a one day event,” explained Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
This year, Medford Police are cracking down.
“If people are lighting illegal fireworks, or lighting them off late at night, expect a ticket,” Lt. Budreau said.
A ticket for a noise violation will cost you $150. If your noisy firework happens to be illegal, expect a $250 ticket. Police say, the change comes a year after the city received several noise complaints on the fourth and days following.
“In year’s past we can be a little lax on the laws because it’s simply a day, the day’s going to pass, if we can just get through it,” said Lt. Budreau, “but what we found is a lot of people don’t go back to normal, they continue lighting fireworks in the days after.”
If you have a complaint, you can stay anonymous, but officers won’t be able to issue a ticket without your signature.
“Usually the noise complaint isn’t happening when we’re there, so we need the citizen to say if they want to sign a complaint or not,” explained Lt. Budreau.
Police saying there’s a time for that bang and boom and a time to call it a night.
“There’s a time where people need to go to bed and get some rest,” said Lt. Budreau.
Medford Police says quiet hours are between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. however, if you are creating a lot of noise during the day, you can also get a ticket. To report a noise violation, call the police department’s non-emergency number. For police to issue a citation, you will need to sign it.