Charleston Lt. Shawn Williams said more city officers would be on patrol as well. He said officers would be visible on city streets and interstates to make sure motorists know to take care in the area.
"We don't want to be grinches and write a bunch of tickets or anything," Williams said. "But we do want everyone to be able to enjoy the holidays safely."
Williams said the biggest problem city officers see around the holidays are speeders barreling along the interstates where they converge on Charleston.
Officers also will be running DUI patrols in the city.
In South Charleston, officers are manning the posts they've held for more than seven years, directing the heavy flow of traffic in and out of the Shops at Trace Fork.
Bob Houck, South Charleston assistant police chief, said officers already have been directing traffic on weekends at the shopping plaza just off Corridor G but soon would be taking on the duty every evening as last-minute shoppers try to squeeze in one more trip.
In addition to keeping traffic moving at the shopping plaza, officers also have been running DUI patrols every weekend. He said officers would be patrolling the city streets more often over the holidays.
"It just kind of depends on what's going on where," Houck said.
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