Law enforcement push safety precautions as holiday parade season approaches

DELMARVA  – As many are gearing up for holiday parades, community members are urged to keep safety a priority.

With national events we’ve seen unfold, including in Wisconsin where a festive event turned deadly after a man drove an SUV into a Christmas parade and killed six, local law enforcement is stepping up to avoid the same outcome.

As you go out to the holiday parades with your festive hats and scarves, we’re told the main accessory that could save your life is your eyes. Law enforcement officials say that most crime incidents take place because people are more focused on the fun and are paying less attention to what’s going on around them.

We’re told that this is even more important as you head out into large crowds because like we saw in Wisconsin, being mindful of where you are could be the difference between a life or death situation.

“I like to call it get the big picture. Don’t get tunnel vision and be aware of all your surroundings. We encourage all our residents that if you observe anything suspicious that appears out of place or suspicious behavior to contact your local encouragement,” Worcester County Sheriff Matthew Crisafulli said.

“I can tell you that during the parade season, we have an increase in our patrol and we do have additional law enforcement working. So they will be on the parade routes and they will be easily accessible to all residents if anything seems suspicious or out of the ordinary happens.”

If you’re looking to head to any of the local parades, here’s a list of the dates and locations:

November 29th – Pocomoke, MD 7 p.m.

December 2nd – Georgetown, DE 7 p.m.

December 3rd – Laurel, DE 7 p.m.

December 4th – Ocean City, MD 11 a.m.

December 5th – Salisbury, MD 1 p.m.

December 6th – Rehoboth Beach, DE 6:30 p.m.

Law enforcement officials also want to remind parents with small children to be aware of parade routes and make sure they don’t get too close to the roadway, as these crowds are large and they could potentially get lost.

As a reminder, 47 ABC will be participating in the parades listed above so be sure to stop by and say hello while enjoying the festivities.

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