Albemarle to Increase Police Presence for Storm Aftermath, Fourth of July
Albemarle County police are increasing their presence on the roads this week for storm aftermath, and for the Fourth of July holiday.
Sergeant Darrell Byers with the Albemarle County police says that officers have transitioned from working nine- to 12-hour shifts to handle emergency calls and to assist the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and power companies where downed trees and lines are blocking roads. He said he encourages drivers to pre-plan as much as possible before hitting the road.
"If you do run across a down tree or down line, please notify 911 but more importantly, don't try to go across it, just turn around and find an alternate route," said Byers.
Extra patrols will also be on the highway to make sure people are traveling safe and sober this week.
"As it relates to the holiday, we would just say pre-plan as well. Don't drink and drive. Get a designated driver. Don't drive distracted, and follow the speed limit." Byers said.
The number of extra officers they'll have patrolling on Wednesday has not yet been determined. It depends on how many Fourth of July events will continue as planned.
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