Safety makes sense this Christmas season

Published 9:42 pm Tuesday, December 22, 2009

With just two shopping days left of the season, the joys of the Christmas holidays may not have hit all Pike County residents just yet.

But while residents are rushed for last minute stocking stuffers and preparing meals for family gatherings, local law enforcement say safety should not be placed on the backburner.

“Be prepared and have a safety plan during the busy time that comes along with the Christmas and New Years holidays,” said Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage. “It is important for you and your family to be safe and enjoy this holiday season.”

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From the local stores to the streets, Everage said there will be crowds that residents should be prepared for.

“Last minute shopping can be very hectic if you aren’t prepared for the large crowds in local businesses,” Everage said. “It will be easier if you make yourself a list and purchase only those items. The stores will be crowded with shoppers getting a last minute gift for a friend or relative.”

Whether residents are staying in town or traveling to visit relatives for these holidays, Everage said its imperative to use caution on the roads.

“Traffic on the streets of Troy will be congested. Use caution when on the road at all times, even if you will only have to purchase an item at the grocery store,” Everage said.

“If traveling out of town to visit family or friends, attend celebrations or just see the sites during this festive time of the year, prepare yourself and your family for the trip. Make sure your vehicle is road worthy and take plenty of time to arrive at your destination. Remember there are many others sharing the road with you, so be extra cautious.”

Another important part of holiday safety is being cautious with alcohol consumption.

“Do not ruin the holiday season by driving after consuming alcohol,” Everage said. “What’s more important is don’t drive your family, friends or anyone if you have consumed alcohol.”

Lt. Lance Price, with the ABC board, reminds residents of another safety feature.

Price said residents who are throwing Christmas parties can not sell alcohol without a license.

“They can not pay a sum of money at the door and have drinks for free,” Price said. “That is illegal unless you get a license. Even then, the beverage has to be purchased individually.”