Palestine police want visitors to the village to be careful as Labor Day weekend approaches.
"With the Labor Day/Rodeo activities beginning in a few short days, I would like to remind the residents and motorist that traffic on our village streets is going to increase immensely," said Police Chief Jeff Besing. "Please be extra-cautious while traveling in the village as there will be many yard sales going on, activities on Main Street plus the daily campground and rodeo traffic."
In addition, school traffic will be still be flowing on Thursday and Friday. The speed limits on village streets are 25 mph except for the school zone area's which is 20 mph. There will be an increase in golf cart/neighborhood vehicle traffic, as well as pedestrian traffic this weekend. Drivers must be 16 years old and have a valid license to drive a cart of neighborhood vehicle.
Pay close attention to the street barricades and don't drive around them, Besing added.
"In conclusion, when the Labor Day parade ends on Monday and all the traffic is leaving our community, please be patient and understanding. Don't turn into those 'big city road rage' drivers," Besing said. "If you see traffic backed up at an intersection, please allow a few cars to exit into the main stream of traffic before you proceed. It only takes a few minutes to do so."
Also, residents and visitors are asked to help keep the village clean by picking up any trash during and after the parade.
"The Chamber of Commerce and Main Street committee's put in a lot of hours planning this event each year, let's all enjoy it and make it a safe and successful event," Besing said.