Editor's note: below is a press release from San Juan County Sheriff's Department
With the Fourth of July holiday upon us, the islands will see increased activity- both on the islands and on the water.
In order to keep people safe throughout the long holiday weekend, the Sheriff’s Office will be fielding extra deputies to focus on problems associated with the consumption of alcohol.
Emphasis patrols will be on the road to detect and arrest DUIs in conjunction with the Target Zero Campaign through the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission.
Deputies will be alert for dangerous driving behaviors in efforts to prevent crashes. Underage drinking will also be an area of special attention, particularly during and after the professional fireworks displays on San Juan- both at Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor, Orcas- both Eastsound and Deer Harbor, and Lopez on Fishermans Bay.
On the water, marine patrols will be out throughout the holiday weekend. Emphasis areas on the water will be BUI and lifejackets, and providing information on new and changed boating laws.
A reminder that personal-use fireworks are prohibited. The only lawful fireworks in San Juan County are the professional pyrotechnic shows. Please enjoy the professional shows, and avoid the potential hazards of fire and life safety associated with personal fireworks.
Local fire departments will be assisting law enforcement in reminding people that personal fireworks are not allowed.
Enjoy the holiday, and all that the islands offer in helping to enjoy and celebrate the birth of our nation! We will be working hard to keep things safe and prevent any tragedies.