Thomasville Times Enterprise

July 2, 2014

Police department aiming for holiday safety

Susanne Reynolds

THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville Police Department wants safety to be featured just as much as fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Lt. Eric Hampton and the Thomasville Police Department are anticipating many people to be traveling in and out of town for the holiday.

“Safety is the main concern all the time, but especially with holidays since there will be citizens and visitors in town. We don’t want anyone to be put in danger because of a violation of the law,” said Hampton.

Hampton is encouraging people to not drink alcohol and operate a motor vehicle. He is also reminding people to buckle up themselves and their children.

The Thomasville Police Department has no tolerance for those who do not comply with the law.

“We have zero tolerance for those caught driving under the influence of alcohol or not complying with seat belt laws,” said Hampton. “Citizens are encouraged to report any activity of drivers under the influence or activity putting lives in danger.”

The Fourth of July events to be held downtown will also be closely monitored by the Thomasville Police Department. According to Hampton, officers will be present at the event.

He said, “We are responsible to ensure the safety of pedestrians and those operating vehicles in the area of the event. Officers will be assigned to the perimeter of the event looking for criminal activity or anything that would put the attendees in danger.”

After the event, the Thomasville Police Department will be directing traffic to make sure the attendees get to their vehicles safely and traffic continues to move smoothly.

For more information about public safety during the Fourth of July holiday, contact Hampton at (229) 227-3288.

Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.