Follow this simple advice to stay safe on Memorial Day weekend

By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Avery Lake

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season. According to the American Automobile Association, more than 42 million Americans are planning to travel more than 50 miles away from home this weekend.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is prepared to keep lakes and roads safe. State Troopers will patrol highways and set up driver license checkpoints to watch for impaired drivers.

ALEA is encouraging drivers to:

  • Follow the speed limit
  • Wear your seat belts and ensure everyone else is, too
  • Drive sober

Whether it be Lake Tuscaloosa or the Black Warrior River, boating safety is important as well. ALEA’s Marine Division will be out on the waters ensuring the safety of boaters, too.

ALEA is also encouraging people to:

  • Drink responsibly and do not operate the boat if you plan on drinking
  • Double check all the safety equipment in your vessel, make sure there are enough life jackets for everyone on board

The travel period enforcement starts Friday, May 26.

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