LEE COUNTY, Ala – The official start to the Labor Day travel period is almost 36 hours away. Expect state and local law enforcement officers to be in overdrive patrolling roadways this weekend.
In the coming days, two things are a near certainty on America’s roadways. That is an increase in traffic volumes. The other is that some people, unfortunately, will not live to see the end of the Labor Day travel period.
As we get ready to hit the road, remember, we have the power to make responsible choices.
“We’re working these type incidents, crashes, collisions, because of human error, because of driver error, and every bit of it is preventable,” says Corporal Jess Thornton of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
In many areas, you’ll notice construction zones with no construction workers. But that doesn’t mean a vacation from posted speed limits.
And remember, officers look for drivers impaired by alcohol and drugs, and those distracted by electronic devices.
“Practice those defensive driving skills, pay attention to what’s going on around them, and be patient behind the wheel, so that they can get to their destinations safely, and those around them can get to their destinations safely,” says Corporal Thornton.
The official Labor Day holiday travel period runs from Friday morning until Monday at midnight, but troopers remind us that a lot of people will be leaving early so traffic is likely to get heavier earlier on the highways.
Law enforcement officers also remind drivers to buckle their seat belts. TripAdvisor predicts 10% more travelers on America’s roadways this year than last Labor Day.