Police remind last-minute shoppers to be patient and courteous

CREATED Dec. 23, 2013

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- With less than two days before Christmas, many shoppers are dashing to the stores to get all their last minute necessities.  

All the hustle and bustle is a recipe for parking panic. 

Shoppers outside Walmart in Cape Coral today had to wait in lines of cars to find parking spots. 

"It's just wall to wall people and when you wait until the last minute, sometimes the wall-to-wall people aren't very nice," said shopper Liz Boggess.  
 
"It's just, 'get out of my way, let me get my stuff done and get out of here.'" 

Shopper Matt Corey said the roads aren't much better than the parking lots, and it took him about 15 minutes to drive one mile.

Police want to remind shoppers to be patient and allow for extra time, since fender-benders in parking lots are more prone to happening this time of year with more traffic.

"A little bit of courtesy goes a long way and it potentially can keep you from getting into a sticky situation that really shouldn't occur," said Sergeant Dana Coston with Cape Coral Police Department. 

It's more than emotions and temperment at stake, too.  
 
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 20 percent of all vehicle collisions that result in damage occur in parking lots.

Remember to look out for children when you're driving through parking lots and to check your blind spots.