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Last minute Christmas shopping safety

Shoppers say Christmas Eve is one of their busiest shopping days of the year. Shoppers say Christmas Eve is one of their busiest shopping days of the year.
Officials say that more accidents occur on Christmas Eve because of all the madness. They were out encouraging drivers to be cautious and slow down. Officials say that more accidents occur on Christmas Eve because of all the madness. They were out encouraging drivers to be cautious and slow down.
Tangela Brock, Sales clerk Tangela Brock, Sales clerk
Tiffany Davis, last minute Christmas shopper Tiffany Davis, last minute Christmas shopper
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Hopefully you're settling in for a quiet Christmas Eve, but roads and shopping centers were packed today with travelers and shoppers. 

Whether it's because you wanted to catch a sale, you love the rush or just simply didn't have enough time, shoppers said that Christmas Eve is one of their busiest shopping days of the year.

"It's the day before Christmas everybody's rushing, they want to find the best deal and its always last minute. Everything's last minute," said Tangela Brock.

And more shoppers means more traffic. 

"The traffic is hectic some people can't drive when its Christmas so it is very, very hectic today," said Martha Watts.

Officials say that more accidents occur on Christmas Eve because of all the madness. They were out encouraging drivers to be cautious and slow down.

Major Hampton said, "We want everyone to take their time and prevent accidents from happening, so be respectful while you're out driving in the parking lots."

And that's good advice for the the post-Christmas rush as well when people once again pack stores to return items and look for bargains the day after Christmas. 

And if Christmas Eve isn't late enough for you to finish up your Christmas shopping, some stores will be open on Christmas Day.

Nationwide chains which will open most of their locations tomorrow include CVS, Family Dollar and Walgreens.

Many corner stores and convenience stores will be open as well.

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