Abilene police prepare for busy weekend
With cold temperatures, possible ice on the roads, and 2017 coming to an end the Abilene Police Department is prepared for a busy weekendABILENE, Texas - . APD Assistant Chief Mike Perry said there are ways to stay safe in case there is ice on the roads and you have to drive. "Always be aware of the possibility of ice,” Perry said. “Obviously overpasses on the freeways seem to be where it starts and so don't try to break, don't try to steer, and go a little bit slower." Despite the cold temperatures, Perry said they expect people will be out celebrating on New Year's Eve, and they will be patrolling. "We'll have officers out looking for DWIs," Perry said. He said their call load will dictate how many officers are out on the streets. There’s a possibility they might have up to 25 to 30 officers for the New Year's celebrations. "If you're going to go out and drink this holiday weekend do so responsibly,” Perry said. “Find a safe ride home. If you know someone that's going to do that, make sure they have a safe ride home." This New Year’s Eve might be a bit slower, according to Perry, because it falls on a Sunday. He said it might not be as busy as when it's on a Friday or Saturday.
Perry said no matter the road conditions, it's important to make safety a number one priority while bringing in the new year. "It's on all of us,” Perry said. “It’s all of our responsibility for this community to make sure everybody is safe."
For the latest on road conditions, you can visit DriveTexas.org or call 1-800-452-9292.