ALEA: Fall into Safe Practices this Weekend
Posted by: Staff
Date: Oct 11 2021 6:37 AM
MONTGOMERY – Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day commemorates the spirit of exploration and signifies the beginning of the Fall Season. During this extended holiday weekend, many citizens will conduct various activities such as taking the boat out one last time before the winter season, grilling out with friends and family, or participating in October festivities. Regardless of the activity, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) encourages everyone to keep safety in mind by identifying and taking measures to mitigate hazards leading to injury or crashes on Alabama’s roadways and waterways.
"The tragic consequences of impaired and reckless driving can be avoided if we all make safety our number one priority while driving or operating a vessel," ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said. "In addition to the holiday, several of Alabama’s school systems will be enjoying their Fall Break, which equates to more students and younger drivers traveling the roads during this extended holiday weekend."
Secretary Taylor urges parents to use this opportunity to review Alabama’s traffic and boating laws, and to ensure young drivers have a clear understanding of the states Graduated Driver License Law (GDL), a three-stage licensing process that places certain restrictions on young drivers who need time to acquire experience before driving without supervision or restriction.
In addition to reviewing the state’s GDL law, ALEA offers the following safety tips ahead of the extended weekend and for the Fall season:
TRAVEL SAFETY: Plan trips carefully and notify someone of your travel plans, route and estimated time of arrival. Ensure every occupant in your vehicle, front and back, remain buckled, avoid speeding and continually self-evaluate to ensure driving distractions are avoided.
SEASONAL CHANGES: While local forecasts call for a mild and dry weekend, it is a good idea to go ahead and prepare your vehicle for fall temperature changes and inspect it before traveling long distances. Always weather check your route and have a back-up plan in place should the weather delay your arrival. Know that moisture or leaves on roadways can create traction issues, and the best defense is to slow down. Remain alert for deer or other wildlife that may attempt to cross the road. Prepare for reduced daylight hours and extend following distances during darkness, inclement weather and peak travel hours.