Police cracking down on fireworks in Slovenia
In Slovenia there are likely to be fireworks between police and youths this holiday season. The problem is that people start their New Year Celebrations early, letting off fireworks and causing a public nuisance along with injuries. Police are planning a crackdown.
The fireworks have already started cracking around Slovenia, even though New Year’s Eve is still weeks away. After recent data revealed that most accidents occur in the eastern Slovenian city of Maribor, the deputy mayor, police and safety officials there announced a new campaign against premature celebrating. And even more importantly: an attempt to try to reduce the number of injuries.
One of the organizers: “We would prefer if there would be no cracking at all, but some people won’t resist the temptation. We advise them to do so the presence of others – so parents or legal guardians. And that they should follow all the appropriate rules.”
The rules proscribe that fireworks should never be lit near residential areas, buildings and closed rooms, near hospitals, in public vehicles and all other areas intended for public meetings.
The target group of the campaign (called “Holidays without Firecrackers”) are children in Maribor’s primary and high school. According to officials, more than 20,000 pamphlets will be distributed, together with 1,000 posters. Forty-second television ads have also been prepared.
Children under 15 are also prohibited from buying fireworks.
However, the black market has shown itself more than willing to provide fireworks to anyone who wants them, which means that explosions echo through the city from early December until the New Year.