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Police out in force as holiday travel gets underway

Lexington police say the "Click it or Ticket" campaign isn't just a campaign slogan, it's also a promise. With it being the busiest travel day of the year, and an overall busy weekend on the roads, law enforcement agencies are working to keep you and your family safe.

State police have already issued numerous tickets today and the holiday weekend is just beginning.

If you're caught under the influence, speeding, or without your seat-belt over this holiday weekend, Lexington police guarantee you'll be getting a ticket, "It's not about writing tickets. It is about saving lives. That is what we want to do," says Officer Alvin Cook, with Lexington police.

After receiving two highway safety grants, the Lexington police department will be adding between six and eight officers to every shift this weekend.

"We're working hard at that to get people to slow down. Obey the sign or pay the fine," adds Officer Cook.

State police are also out in full force this weekend. A state trooper running a radar gun on I-75 in Georgetown caught more than fifty people within two hours speeding in the same area.

For some traveling on the roads, having an increased police presence makes them feel safer,"I think it's good to keep us all safe, and to get our families back home," says Kevin Squires, a traveler.

Some drivers that are braving the roads spend the holiday with their family say they have travel strategies for the annual trip, "Gosh. I just get on I-75 and I get in the right lane. I let the rest of them go;especially in the big trucks. There is a lot of traffic today," says Frieda Holt, a traveler.

An additional six to eight officers will be on every shift over the holiday weekend. Lexington police have also added more officers along New Circle Road. Last weekend in that area, Lexington police issued 450 tickets in that area.

Lexington Police will also be stepping up seat belt enforcement at night. They say that is when there is the greatest risk for fatalities. You can expect to see a larger police presence on the roads between 9:00pm and 6:00am.

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