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Onalaska police patrol Black Friday traffic


ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - With Friday's daybreak looming, some Black Friday shoppers head home to their beds.

Sgt. Tim Berg of the Onalaska Police Department made his way from patrolling the stores to patrolling the streets.

Black Friday is one of the busiest traffic days of the year by the stores in Onalaska, Berg said.

"You know there's a lot of fender benders on Black Friday in the parking lots. I couldn't give you an exact ‘what day is the worst day of the year,' but I'd be willing to bet that it's elevated compared to other days," Berg said.

On weekends, during the holiday shopping season, Berg said takes several rotations of a traffic light just to get through one intersection.

"Out near the mall and the shopping out there, I think the traffic is gonna get really heavy this afternoon again," Berg said. "A lot of people were out overnight so it has died down for a bit now."

With thousands of people at the stores Friday morning, some major retailers called for extra security nationwide.

In Onalaska, police officers patrolled Target at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving night.

Best Buy called in officers before their doors opened at midnight.

The stores pay for the officers' overtime.

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