MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Local leaders and authorities are warning New Year’s Eve revelers “one bullet kills the party.”READ MORE: LGBTQ Celebrated In Wynwood As Part Of Pride Month
City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson plan on holding a public conference on Wednesday at Miami’s Broadway Park to voice their concern.
They are asking the public not to engage in celebratory gun fire during their New Year’s celebrations.
The annual “One Bullet Kills The Party” campaign is a reminder that every year innocent people, including children, are hit by bullets fired into the air by people celebrating various holidays which cause serious injury and sometimes death.READ MORE: Broward Commemorates Juneteenth By Renaming Street After Civil Rights Activists Harry, Harriett Moore
On New Year’s Eve 2012, one man was hit by celebratory gunfire. Five years ago, a 6-year-old Italian tourist dining at a Miami restaurant was wounded. Stray bullets have also injured and taken the lives of numerous children in Miami-Dade including Rikiah Isaac.
Those deaths and serious injuries motivated the Miami and Miami-Dade Police departments to launch the awareness campaign.
Anyone who sees someone firing a weapon recklessly is urged to call 911.MORE NEWS: Juneteenth Celebrated At Community Party In Overtown
Anyone who is caught firing a weapon in to the air could face substantial fines and even time in jail. The time behind bars could be substantial as well if someone is injured or killed.