ALEA encourages Labor Day weekend safety on roadways, waterways

Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 5:01 PM CDT
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EUFALA, Ala. (WTVY) -Thousands of people are traveling Alabama’s roadways and waterways over the next several days. Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest holidays for traffic, but its also one of the deadliest.

“Anytime you have more boats on the water, you’re going to have a higher chance of a boat crash. And that’s usually when ours happens, during the holiday weekends,” Senior Trooper Tracy Morgan said.

Morgan works with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency for several years. He’s has seen his fair share of accidents.

We’ve had several incidents where boats tip their drivers and occupants out, didn’t have the kill switch in gear, the boat stays in gear, circles them, and runs them over. And ends up with some serious injuries.,” Morgan said.

That’s why he’s urging boaters to be safe on the waterways.

“We do random inspections on boats,” Morgan said. “We also look for probably cause stops, such as reckless or careless operation. You wanna make sure you have life jackets available for everyone on board, make sure you have all your safety devices, fire extinguisher, noise producing device, make sure you wear your kill switch whenever you’re riding. "

Trooper Kendra McKinney says that increase in holiday traffic is leading will lead to an increase in state trooper patrol during Labor Day weekend.

“We’ve implemented a lot of traffic details, we’ve been doing line saturation and random driver’s license check points, keeping a heavy presence on the highways,” McKinney said.

McKinney says the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will be in full force.

“If anything, we encourage everybody to get a designated driver or call a sober family member to come and meet them. That way, they can drive- just to eliminate people of driving under the influence,” McKinney said.

With an increase in traffic, McKinney encourages patience.

“Mainly just, you know, slow down, pay attention the roads, don’t be distracted, make sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing their seat belts. If you are planning on traveling, plan to leave a few hours early due to the increase in traffic,” McKinney said.

Whether you’re on the water or the highway, it’s all to ensure safety is top priority.

“Everybody’s off, everybody’s wanting to get out and enjoy themselves which is what we want them to do,” Morgan said.

The Labor Day weekend runs from 12:01 a.m. Friday through Monday at 11:59 pm..

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