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ALEA released a list of guidelines for this Memorial Day weekend. Motorists and boaters are encouraged to make safety a top priority.

From May 22 to May 25, all available ALEA Troopers from Highway Patrol and the Marine Division will watch roadways and bodies of water to ensure citizen safety. ALEA’s Secretary Hal Taylor said with the public’s assistance on ensuring safety “we can all have fun, as well as get to and from our destinations safely.”

ALEA has the following safety tips for this Memorial Day weekend:

On the road

  • Buckle up – no matter how short the trip. (Even back-seat occupants must use seat belts or child restraints.
  • Do not drive under the influence of alcohol/drugs. (Select a designated driver in advance or plan to use a ride-share service.)
  • Do not drive while distracted. (Distractions are not limited to texting. The list includes passengers, radio, food and other items or activities that take your focus off driving.)
  • Mind your speed. Speed limits are set for a reason!
  • Expect traffic congestion, particularly along popular routes to the beach or lake. (Leave early if you must arrive by a specific time.)


On the water

  • Make it a habit each time to check the boat’s safety equipment before departing.
  • Do not boat under the influence of alcohol/drugs. (Select a designated driver beforehand.)
  • Have a personal flotation device (PFD) on board for each person on your boat. Children 7 and younger must wear PFDs at all times. (Make sure PFDs are in good condition, sized for intended individuals and U.S. Coast Guard-approved.)
  • Be courteous and cautious. Know the rules of the water, including what to do in a head-to-head meeting, who has the right of way and other regulations.
  • When boating at night, make sure required navigation lights are on and in good working order. Operate at slower speeds, and don’t venture into unfamiliar territory.
  • Give other boaters plenty of room. Don’t operate too close to private docks or the shoreline; and give skiers and swimmers a wide berth.
  • Never overload a vessel. Follow the capacity plate guidelines.

Additionally, the ALEA is encouraging everyone to practice social distancing. Maintain a 6-foot distance from people from different households when visiting beaches, parks and other public locations.

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