Be smart, stay safe over Labor Day weekend

Many people will be headed to the local beaches this Labor Day weekend, a holiday often referred to as the unofficial end of summer.

Labor Day is often referred to as the unofficial end of summer. It’s a time for people to get out for an extra long weekend of camping, outdoor barbecues, recreational activities and good old family fun — before the kids go back to school and the fall weather moves in.

And speaking of weather, it sounds pretty promising for the upcoming weekend. What this means is that over Labor Day weekend, it will busier than usual most anywhere you go in the state, from the major highways to the back roads, from the lakes and rivers to the ocean beaches.

As you’re traveling from here to there and back again, use a little extra caution and a good dose of common sense. You may be traveling safely, but watch out for that other guy — all too often the holiday celebration includes alcohol consumption, and that means in increase in drunk drivers — and as a result, motor vehicle crashes.

Law enforcement agencies across the nation will ramp up their enforcement efforts against drunk driving as part of a national crackdown over Labor Day weekend. The Lincoln City Police Department announced recently that it will be part of that, putting extra patrol officers on duty between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2, during times when higher numbers of drunk or impaired drivers are likely to be on the roadways.

If you do choose to consume alcohol as part of your weekend activities, know your limit and keep an eye out for your friends who may have exceeded theirs. Do your part to make sure a fun outing doesn’t turn into a tragic event.

The Oregon State Marine Board also warns of alcohol use while boating. On this final summer holiday, a lot of people are expected to take to the water. “Boating is a great social activity, but the marine board encourages boaters and persons floating on the waterways to leave the alcohol on shore. It's safer for everyone,” marine board officials said in a press release. They also urge everyone to wear those life jackets, whether you’re in a canoe or kayak, on a paddleboard, or aboard a powerboat.

So no matter what activity you decide to pursue, remember to be smart and stay safe. We hope you all have an enjoyable and memorable Labor Day weekend.


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