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Please be prepared for Fourth of July activities

King City police chief offers tips for the holiday plus information about golf carts and safety around nearby road project


The King City Police Department thanks all contributors to the semi-annual drug drop-off event and the annual paper-shred event. Friends and residents of King City dropped off more than 120 pounds of outdated and no-longer-needed drugs at the drug-drop-off; at the shred event, more than 1,100 pounds of paper were shredded, and 300 pounds of food were donated for a local food bank.

Also, please remember that now that warmer weather is here and residents leave doors and windows open, everyone is reminded to keep music and conversations to a neighborly level, especially after 10 p.m.

Fourth of July fireworks

Everyone is reminded not to use illegal fireworks (ones that fly, explode or travel on the ground for a distance of more than 12 feet) when celebrating the Fourth of July, and make sure you use caution when using legal fireworks (those purchased from local stands).

If everyone abides by a few simple rules, the holiday can be safe and enjoyable for all King City residents and friends. So please remember the following guidelines:

-- Don't use illegal fireworks;

-- Have only adults (persons over 18) light and handle legal fireworks;

-- Use fireworks on hard surfaces, away from flammable objects and vegetation;

-- Don't aim, throw, or hand a lighted firework toward or to another person, an animal or a building;

-- For safety purposes, have a water source or fire extinguisher nearby;

--Respect your neighbors and your neighbors' property when using fireworks, especially after 9 p.m.

-- Protect your pets from the noise of fireworks.

Whenever possible, enjoy fireworks by attending a sanctioned public display. Everyone should be aware that under Oregon law, illegal fireworks can be seized and the person in possession can be cited or arrested with fines up to $500 per offense.

In addition, a person using either legal or illegal fireworks can be held liable for property damage caused by the fireworks.

Celebrate your fourth of July in a safe and patriotic manner.

Road project safety

Most area residents are aware that the Oregon Department of Transportation is continuing a highway-improvement project on 99W between Durham Road and Fischer Road, and ODOT has established a work zone to protect both equipment and highway workers.

During the construction time, it is important the drivers using this stretch of highway be extra cautious. According to Washington County Land Use and Transportation Division, drivers not paying attention are the No. 1 cause of accidents in work zones. If you couple inattention with speed, you now have the recipe for a serious and potentially fatal crash in the work zone.

Golf carts

Summer is here, and more people are using their golf carts on the public streets. If you plan to use a golf cart as your mode of transportation within the boundaries of the KCCA, by city ordinance you are required to have a city decal. This is for crime prevention purposes so if your cart is found abandoned, it can be returned to the proper owner, avoiding an expense tow fee.

The free city decal can be picked up at King City City Hall during the weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The decals are good for the length of time the cart is owed by the registrant.

You are the judge (or you've got to be kidding)

We all have heard stories about the stupid things that people do when intoxicated. Some are funny, and most are sad. In this case, one wonders, was it the alcohol or just plain stupidity?

A young woman decided that she would have a Fourth of July barbecue at her house and borrowed a grill from a friend. After the holiday barbecue and several (more than two) Mr. Mike's ice teas, she decided to return the grill.

She loaded the grill (containing the hot coals) in her pickup, placed her 3-year-old son in the cab and drove off to return the grill. After a few miles (you guessed it), the coals reignited, and the bed of the truck filled with flames and smoke. Oblivious to the flames she continued to drive, even after a local fire marshal drove behind her honking his horn.

Luckily, she stopped at a red light and realized her dilemma, so she and her son exited the truck only to meet a police officer. The result of her post event celebration was that she blew a .09 on the intoxilyzer. Oh, as for the truck, it became engulfed in flames, becoming the greatest Fourth of July special effect ever.

Until next time, be good, be neighborly, and be safe.