D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - It's less than three days and counting to Black Friday, a shopping day that can make or break retailers. It also can prove to be a traffic nightmare. This year the D'Iberville Police Department is implementing a new plan to keep traffic moving safely during the holiday rush.
Bicycles may not go as fast as a patrol car, but they allow officers the chance to patrol in tighter areas.
It gets the officers out of the cars so they can have that one on one contact with our citizens," Police Chief Wayne Payne said.
More stores are open in D'Iberville's Promenade Shopping Center this year like Kohl's, Office Depot and Shoe Station, which will bring in more holiday shopping traffic this Black Friday. Chief Payne said patrolmen will be on hand directing traffic at the main intersection to help keep traffic flowing in and out of the Promenade. Drivers can also come and go from Old Highway 67.
"And we've got alternative entrances too that, I certainly want to stress that they can come in the back side of the Promenade and also off of Lamey Bridge," said Payne.
Extra cars means extra safety precautions should be put in place. Chief Payne said during the hustle and bustle, bargain shoppers will be in the stores during the wee hours of the morning. So he encourages people to park in well lit areas to prevent themselves from becoming a victim.
"We have a lot of burglaries that happen in our city. They don't even lock their car. So we are encouraging our citizens to lock your car and be safe. If you're going to shop at night, shop with a friend."
Chief Payne said undercover officers will also be in the area watching for criminals trying to take advantage of distracted shoppers. He said if you see any suspicious activity, to please alert nearby officers or call the police department directly at (228) 865 7060.