Tips for Holiday Safety
Alabamians of all ages will celebrate this Independence Day weekend with fireworks, parades and parties at home and on the water. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency urges everyone to remember safety is key when traveling Alabama’s roadways and waterways. Fourth of July activities often involve alcohol and may result in traffic or boating crashes, injuries and fatalities. The official holiday travel period is from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, to midnight Sunday, July 5. During that time, Alabama State Troopers assigned to Highway Patrol and Marine Patrol will boost enforcement efforts and promote highway and waterway safety. ALEA urges Alabama residents to use the following safety tips:
Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Buckle up on the road or on the water -- no matter how short your trip, Focus on driving or boating, and avoid such distractions as texting and using cell phones, And, restrict access and closely monitor teens to prevent underage use of alcoholic beverages.
The previous year, for which the holiday travel period ran Thursday through Sunday, Troopers assigned to Highway Patrol investigated 237 crashes, resulting in 10 fatalities and 123 injuries, and they made 77 -UI arrests. Troopers assigned to Marine Patrol investigated seven boating crashes, resulting in one boating fatality, and they made 20 B-U-I arrests.