Bluffton police increasing patrol during the holidays

Bluffton police increasing patrol during the holidays

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WTOC) - Many will hit the highways this holiday season in search of Christmas cheer.

And while your heart may be light, officers in Bluffton say the consequences for violating the law could be the opposite.

Kids in Bluffton are already preparing to celebrate the holiday season by seeing Santa in his big red chair or watching the parade on Saturday. And for the parents going to these events, there’s a few things you need to know.

A tree lighting Friday night and Christmas parade Saturday mean more police officers will be on patrol and an increase in traffic

“Every year there are about 10,000 people who come for the parade," said Joy Nelson with Bluffton Police Communications. "And the Christmas tree lighting ceremony becomes larger and larger every year.”

Friday night visitors at the tree lighting can expect to see a few extra police officers walking around downtown especially near Dubois Park, but Saturday it’s all hands on deck.

“You’re going to be seeing police officers. We have our entire department. That’s civilians and all of this warrant officer is working tomorrow to ensure the safety of everyone that is not only in the parade but all the spectators that are coming to enjoy it,” said Nelson.

Road closures start as early as 8 a.m. for the Bluffton Christmas parade.

“Parents, I’m really asking you to watch your children tomorrow we have a lot of children that will run out into the street to get that candy,” said Nelson.

Police say parking will also be the issue of the day in Bluffton over the weekend and they ask everyone to stay patient.

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