MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) wants everyone to remember to stay safe this July 4th weekend. Officers know families will likely celebrate with fireworks, parades and parties.
The official holiday travel period is 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, to midnight Sunday, July 5. During that time, Highway Patroll and Marine Patrol Officers will boost enforcement efforts.
Last year, Highway Patrol Officers investigated 237 crashes that resulted in 10 fatalities and 123 injuries. Officers also made 77 DUI arrests.
Marine Patrol Officers investigated seven boating crashes that resulted in one fatality. They also made 20 BUI arrests.
“We at ALEA are teaming with our local law enforcement partners to reduce injuries and deaths during this holiday period by enforcing traffic, boating and alcoholic beverage laws,” Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said. “Still, we need help from you, the public. We want this to be a safe and enjoyable time.”
ALEA hopes Alabama residents will follow these 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. Occupants of all ages should use seat belts or child restraints when traveling by motor vehicles. On waterways, all occupants of water vessels should use U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
- Focus on driving or boating, and avoid such distractions as texting and using cell phones.
- Restrict access and closely monitor teens to prevent underage use of alcoholic beverages.