Local Police Warn of Labor Day Weekend Driving

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

Labor Day weekend begins today. Traffic is heavy and excitement is building as many are looking to get out of town for that last summer trip.

Sometimes with that excitement comes, well, accidents. People in Dothan may have been given a harsh wake up call Friday morning.

A crash involving two cars and a bus on East Main Street landed some people in the hospital.

Dothan police officer Tim Ellison is part of the traffic safety unit and was on the scene.

"If you can warn anyone about anything when you're driving in severely congested traffic, bumper to bumper, don't go bumper to bumper, keep a safe distance," Ellison said.

Driving distance, distracted driving, and drinking and driving are all big factors in crashes. But one other reason is not focusing on the trip itself.

"Remember you have to get there first so make that trip a priority there, and then worry about your trip and then getting back safely," Ellison said.

Alabama State Trooper Kevin Cook agrees.

"People get in a hurry. they're not planning their trips out, they're getting anxious, impatient, they don't want to wait for traffic," Cook said.

So what does Cook recommend? Get out of your car, stretch your legs, and be patient.

"We're looking for the impaired driver, violating any distracted driving law, the speeding, all motor violations. We just want to let everybody know we'll be out there in full force" Cook said.

Alabama travelers are being encouraged to call Star-four-seven if they find themselves in danger. Those in Florida and Georgia can call 5-1-1 for travel information.

The National Safety Council estimates there will be more than 400 fatalities and more than 40,000 injuries as a result of crashes this weekend.

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