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Additional patrols expected through holiday

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Sheriff Mike Heaton
For the upcoming holiday -- Thanksgiving, in addition to Black Friday -- local law enforcement plan to increase patrols for the safety of the community.

"There are more travelers out for the holiday season, so we can increase patrols to make sure the roads stay safe," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said.

Brazil City Police Chief Clint McQueen agreed.

"During the holiday events, there is much more traffic on the roadways," McQueen said.

"Throughout the week, people are coming through the city and county."

The Brazil City Police Department plans to increase patrols with Operation Pullover, a grant funded to local agencies to increase officer presence during certain times of the year like holidays when there are larger amounts of traffic.

"The state pays funds to increase officer presence for additional safety for the traveling public," McQueen told The Brazil Times.

Heaton said he believed most of the local roadway construction would be shut down during Thanksgiving, but he still warned travelers to be aware.

"With all the traveling and increased traffic, pay attention to your surroundings," Heaton said. "Pay attention to your speed and watch what's going on around you."

His advice for Black Friday was similar.

"In large crowds, be aware of your surroundings, and don't leave valuables visible inside your parked vehicle."

McQueen also had advice for the public.

"Concentrate on your driving," he said. "Be mindful that there are more cars on the roadways, and use sound judgment in your driving decisions."



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