State agencies provide tips for safe Labor Day weekend

Published 1:52 pm Thursday, August 30, 2012

The long Labor Day weekend will mean more traffic than usual on Alabama’s roadways. With increased traffic, unfortunately, usually comes increased traffic issues.

State agencies are taking steps to make the weekend go as smoothly as possible on Alabama’s roads.

During the holiday period, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and ends at midnight Monday, Sept. 3, Alabama’s Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force encourages everyone to take special care while celebrating at home, traveling the state’s roadways or enjoying time on the water.

Officers from state-level law enforcement agencies will work together to create a highly visible enforcement presence intended to prevent crimes and violations that lead to deaths and injuries. The public should expect officers–even in unmarked vehicles–to make enforcement stops.

Alabama’s Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force reminds the public to:

•Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

•Restrict access and closely monitor teens to prevent under-age use of alcoholic beverages.

•Pay attention to speed limits and driving conditions on the road, and obey boating laws on the water.

•Watch out for swimmers and other boaters.

•Watch for debris in the water or on roadways.

•Use seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles and life vests on the water.

•Take care when using grills, never leaving them unattended and placing them a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.

•Keep children and pets from potential danger by designating a 3-foot “safe zone” around the grill.

•Pay attention to weather conditions, particularly when it involves thunder and lightning.