Thanksgiving is almost here and AAA expects a record amount of people to hit the road. That's why Albemarle County police are ramping up Click it or Ticket patrols to keep the streets safe from drunk and distracted drivers.
Thursday is the first day of the extra patrol. Albemarle County police are keeping a close eye on several areas of high traffic throughout the county, places you might drive through every day. A few of the locations are Monacan Trail Road, Stoney Point Road at Scottsville Road, and Richmond, Ivy, Louisa and Gordonsville roads. Police will be looking for speeders, drunk drivers and people not wearing seatbelts.
Albemarle County police spokesperson Carter Johnson says there have been less fatal accidents this year compared to 2011 and the police department hopes the campaign will help keep it that way.
"We want everybody to be safe this holiday season. We know you're going to be traveling, going to see family and so we're really doing this, it's a statewide campaign, in hopes of keeping the roads safe," she stated.
The project is grant funded, meaning off-duty officers will be at the additional patrol stops, allowing regular patrol officers to continue their daily duties.
The statewide campaign runs from Thursday through the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Even though the official campaign stops after Thanksgiving, the police department will still have additional patrolling through the entire holiday season.