MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Labor Day weekend marks the end of another summer, with trips to the beach, the lake and other fun-filled destinations. For many, the extended holiday consists of festivities and celebrations that include consuming alcoholic beverages.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor Day but strongly urges citizens to remember: Drinking and driving or drinking and boating do not mix.
“Safety is one of our top priorities throughout the year, but it’s especially important during extended holiday weekends, when there is an elevated number of citizens traveling and enjoying outdoor activities,” ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said. “Our goal is simple; we strive to ensure that Alabama’s roadways and waterways are safe for everyone throughout the entire weekend.”
This year’s holiday travel period is from 12:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, to midnight Monday, Sept. 7. During that time, all available Troopers from ALEA’s Highway Patrol and Marine Patrol will be out on Alabama’s roadways and waterways, assisting motorists and boaters, enforcing the law and looking for impaired drivers and boat operators.
Alabamians can expect to see additional Troopers working overtime to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities thanks to grants administered through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and Alabama Department of Transportation.
Once again, the agency is participating in the national initiative “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (and Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over).” The campaign educates drivers and riders on the dangers of alcohol and drug-impaired driving and riding, as well as heightens awareness of increased enforcement.
During this final week of the campaign, ALEA Troopers will be conducting sobriety and driver license checkpoints, speed and seat-belt enforcement details and maximizing efforts to remove impaired individuals from behind the wheels of vehicles and boats (or other water vessels).
“Your cooperation is essential, so we ask you to do your part to make this Labor Day weekend a safe one,” said Taylor, who urges everyone to adhere to the following safety tips:
“We want all Alabamians to enjoy the upcoming Labor Day holiday,” Taylor said. “All we ask is that you make smart choices and celebrate responsibly.”