Holiday Driving Safety

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Thousands of people around the southeast will be coming to Dothan Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. Police are preparing to keep everyone accident free.

Reports over the past few years show accidents are decreasing during the holiday period.

In 2004, 61 accidents were reported.

That number dropped to 47 in 2005, and officials are shooting for even lower numbers this year.

Christmas decorations are in place near the mall, and police are on the roads getting ready for the biggest shopping day of the year.

Corporal Christopher David is part of the special traffic detail that will be at the mall early Friday morning. “It's pandemonium; that’s the best way I can describe it,” he says. “Everybody will be trying to get inside the mall for the best deals.”

Corporal David reminds you to know your route in advance so you don't have to make quick decisions behind the wheel.

Make sure to keep a safe distance from the car in front of you and drive defensively.

“The day after Thanksgiving we do see a lot of traffic,” says Corporal Rachel David. “We will be backed up and we don't want people to be discouraged.”

Extra officers will be on duty to watch for shoplifters and robbers.

Police are asking for your help as well. If you see anything suspicious activity, flag a police officer down and inform them.

“We want to have a high visibility to deter anything that might happen,” the officers said.

Law enforcement officers are also reminding shoppers to put all belongings in the trunk of your car.

Make sure you don't leave your purse, cell phones, or any shopping bags in plain sight.

Officials say the main thing to remember on Black Friday is be cautious and courteous.