GA and AL police stepping up patrols for Memorial Day weekend

GA and AL police stepping up patrols for Memorial Day weekend (Part 2)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, and Georgia and Alabama police will be out in full force for the holiday weekend.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety is reminding drivers to use extra caution this Memorial Day weekend as traffic is expected to be heavy on the "Peach State" roads.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency would like to remind everyone to play it safe along Alabama roadways and waterways this Memorial Day Weekend.

Alabama State Troopers assigned to the Highway Patrol and Marine Patrol Divisions will work together this week to create a highly visible enforcement presence and to promote public safety.

Traffic estimates from the Georgia Department of Transportation's Crash Reporting Unit and the Georgia State Patrol for this weekend predict 18 traffic deaths, 2,401 traffic crashes and 1,012 injuries during the 78-hour holiday period that begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight on Memorial Day.

Last year, Georgia recorded a record-setting 32 traffic deaths over the Memorial Day weekend, which is the highest since 27 deaths in 1969. The Georgia State patrol noted that 16 out of 28 people who died in cars or trucks during the 2015 holiday weekend were not wearing seat belts.

ALEA offers tips for this holiday weekend such as:

  • Buckle up, no matter how short the trip is.
  • Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Focus on driving or boating and avoiding such distractions as texting and talking on cell phones.
  • Pay attention to weather conditions.

Alabama officials say this is also the time of year for high school and college graduations that frequently include alcohol. Police say often with underage drinking, it is important for parents to be aware and monitor party-goers who are younger than 21 years old.

During the days surrounding Memorial Day Weekend, troopers will participate in two national safety campaigns: National Safe Boating Week, which began Saturday, and Click It Or Ticket, promoting the use of seat belts which began on Monday.