July 4 crackdown, by the numbers

The Mail Tribune recently announced, via pronouncements by Lt. Mike Budreau of the Medford police and Chief Gordon Sletmoe of Medford Fire-Rescue, "We are really going to have a no-tolerance policy this year" in regards to illegal fireworks.

Every year the Mail Tribune has articles about the presence of illegal fireworks in the city of Medford, but I have never heard any follow-up of the police department's record of handing out citations for them. My feeling is that in the past, "no-tolerance" may have just as easily meant "no citations."

Would you investigate how many citations the Police Department handed out this year and how much money was collected by the city in fines due to the firing of illegal fireworks in the city of Medford?

— Dan H., Medford

We hear you loud and clear, Dan. You're not setting off fireworks, are you?

Medford police and fire agencies did, in fact, hand out several citations on the Fourth of July. From July 1-31, they handed out 32, with 22 of those being handed out on Independence Day.

"I think it was successful," said Sgt. Josh Reimer of Medford police. "I think both agencies worked together well."

Citations usually end up being around $250. Reimer assured us that the agencies aren't out to be "the fun killers." They're just trying to uphold the law.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we're rolling around with (Medford) Fire next year," he said.


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