Stay Safe Over Spring Break

With one of the most anticipated weeks of the school year for all school-aged children approaching,  law enforcement officials are gearing up for a busy, but hopefully, a safe spring break.

With thousands of vacationers expected to spend their time in gulf coast cities throughout the month of March, county and municipal agencies, along with  law enforcement agencies throughout the state will collaborate and make their presence known to not only enhance public safety, but to enforce traffic, boating and alcoholic beverage laws as well.

Alabama’s Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force released the following safety tips for vacationing families across Alabama:

  • Make Hotel/Motel Stay Safe: Make certain you choose an establishment that is protected by both smoke alarms and sprinkler systems.  Review escape plans with every one in your group.
  • Hot Coals:  Beware of hot coals when camping or cooking outdoors. Do not pour coals near dry grass or other plants.
  • Prevention of Underage Use of Alcoholic Beverages: Restrict access and closely monitor teens to prevent consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Do Not Drive or Boat While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs.
  • Buckle Up: Use your seat belt no matter how short the trip.  On the water, use Coast Guard approved life jackets.
  • Do Not Barrel Through Construction Zones.
  • Parents, Remember Alabama’s Graduated Driver License Law: Review the law with your teen drivers to ensure they are both acquiring the driving experience they need, but obeying the restrictions of the license as well.

By following these safety tips and using common sense, all gulf coast vacationers should enjoy a safe spring break.