Lexington Police prepare for Memorial Day weekend

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Memorial Day weekend is known to some as the unofficial start of summer.

This year, it is expected to look a little more normal compared to last

Sergeant Gary Thurman says Lexington Police are anticipating a busy next few days.

“This is the first holiday after the restrictions have been lifted so we do expect more than last year to be out,” says Thurman.

Even though we normally don’t associate memorial day with fireworks, calls to police could come in this year as people are anxious to celebrate a return to some degree of normalcy.

According to Thurman, what probably won’t be unusual this weekend are traffic accidents.

“We have an influx of vehicles and traffic coming through the city especially on the interstate,” says Thurman.

There are also potential accidents that police try to prevent, such as DUI’s.

According to statistics provided to ABC 36 News by Lexington Police comparing Memorial Day 2019 to last year, in 2019 there were 1,758 calls.

The statistics also say there were more calls last year with people stuck at home under pandemic restrictions, totalling 1,855.

With people getting vaccinated and restrictions eased for this holiday weekend, police say they’re prepared for more people on the road and in backyards, perhaps shooting off fireworks.

“Some will not be safe with them so we want to encourage people to follow the directions on the fireworks and also follow the rules of the city that your in,” says Thurman.

In case anyone was curious about rules here in lexington, it’s illegal if it goes up and blows up.

Only ground or hand held sparklers are allowed.

Starting Friday night, police will be out looking for impaired drivers, speeders and people not wearing seat belts.

Just like everyone else, officers are hoping to see that normalcy return this holiday weekend, minus the accidents.

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