There may be fewer people traveling for the holidays this year, but police are still stepping up patrols.
No matter where you are headed on the roads this Christmas, police will be watching.
“Well, you've got so much traffic out here, you got a lot of traffic flow, a lot of people coming in and out of town, a lot of people in a hurry.”
State Police Trooper Ronnie Long says through the department's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, or STEP, officers are focusing on keeping the roadways safe.
“We're watching traffic. We're on all your main thoroughfares, and do get off on the back roads occasionally. But you concentrate on where your highest fatality rates are and stuff like that,” he says.
He says they will be on the lookout for seat belt violators and speeders.
“I hate to give speeding tickets but that's my job and that's what you've got to do to slow people down, slow traffic down.”
He also wants to remind drivers to be responsible when it comes to drinking.
“If you're going to get together and you are a person that does drink, just make sure you have a designated driver that can get you from point A to point B safely.”
At the end of the day, long says it is more than a job.
“I do take it personally because I have family out here that travel these roads and I want to make sure they get to where they're going, safe and sound.”
It is something he hopes for everyone else as well.
Long says police will continue to beef up patrols as the new year approaches.