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Traffic in Midland Increases During The Holidays

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Brian Wise
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- Santa had to watch the air traffic in the sky on Christmas Eve but drivers need to watch the road. People walked to and from the Midland Park Mall the day before the 25th, some shopping for Christmas and others just shopping for deals.

That was the case for Lawanda Green. 

"More or less just try to pay attention to everyone else," Green said. 

AAA released a statement saying more drivers are on the road this holiday nationwide. Higher numbers include the traffic going through Midland. Green works for Midland County's Motor Vehicle Division and saw a number of close calls on Tuesday. 

"Basically impatient drivers. People driving too fast. I think people are coming from surrounding towns. They're not paying attention to the street signs," Green said.  

People who lived in Midland before and after the oil boom saw an increase in the traffic. Especially over the holidays, says Shaquawanna Carter, who was born a Midland resident. 

"It's gotten increasingly worse I would say. Because you have a lot of people, families, that are starting to move here as well. So with the increase with population coming, of course, traffic is going to get worse," Carter said. 

Carter says her secret place to shop with less traffic is Albertson's grocery store. Where ever you drive to this holiday season, be mindful and remember to watch the road.