Thomasville, GA -- December 22, 2011 --
The Christmas holiday travel period beings December 23rd and ends December 26th. With it comes a higher risk for traffic accidents, and an increase in alcohol arrests. The Thomasville police will be cracking down this weekend.
"Our main effort is to make sure the citizens stay safe, either those who live here, traveling to here, or just traveling through the city," said Lt. Eric Hampton of the Thomasville Police Department.
The increased traffic is good business for Russell Barstad, the general manager of the Kangaroo gas station on 84 in Thomasville. He welcomes the boost in traveling, and spending.
"The last week of the year, there's a lot of people traveling, getting gallons of gas, and inside sales are higher too," said Barstad.
The Ray family is traveling to Valdosta this weekend, and Desmond Ray thinks that the amount of people on the road is "way too much."
The Rays are going to Wild Adventures, and will be very aware as they travel.
"Very cautious, check the mirrors, check both lanes and obey the speed limit," said Lashanda Ray.
Lt. Hampton said no matter what weekend, don't drink and drive.