Thursday, July 03, 2008

"Helotes Fireworks Enforcement Upsetting Police, Customers"

Helotes officials are being jerks about fireworks.

From KSAT-12:

Since 2007, a stretch of Highway 16 past the city limit markers was annexed into the Helotes city limits, but the fireworks vendors currently set up off the roadway are outside the city limits. The highway prevents people who purchased fireworks legally from transporting them outside the city limits, and Helotes police have been cracking down.

"The fireworks stand (previous to 2007) would tell people to turn left and go outside our city," Helotes Police Chief Morton Ault said. "They're (going to) get a ticket as soon as they pull onto the street." [emphasis added]

Really, do the cops have to be so literal on the law? Even people who purchase the fireworks legally and are taking them away from town are being ticketed. That's stupid, and it's not going to make Helotes seem dear to too many people.


Dave said...

Though I agree this is stupid, why are people buying fireworks in the first place?

Aside from some rain today, can we not agree that fireworks are not the best idea right about now, 4th or not?

Of course, not everyone is an idiot, but I just can't imagine that the majority of people falling into the Helotes police trap are heading straight for the approved, fire station monitored safety zones.

Of course, I've been wrong before...

Albatross said...

I agree with you, Dave. I'm not excusing the silliness of people who insist on popping their fireworks during this dry spell, but I am decrying the heavy-handedness of Helotes. Why, it's almost as if the town annexed Highway 16 (but not the land around it) for this specific purpose. Hmmm ...