Local and state officials will be out in force to curb dangerous situations make sure that drivers are safe on area roads. With Labor Day Weekend being the last holiday of the summer season, it is anticipated that many will be out on the road or finishing up their last bit of summer fun.  

“We are participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DWI Enforcement Campaign through September 3, (on through Sunday) so we will have extra officers on patrol this weekend looking for impaired drivers. We, as always, urge people to have fun but ask them to have a sober driver available to make sure everyone gets home safely,” Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver stated.

The BPD is not only worried about the safety of drivers, but everyone who is participating in the holiday. Welliver shared some tips that will help formulate a good prepared weekend.

Tips for Safe Travel

•Carry an emergency supply kit in your trunk.

•Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive.

•Buckle up and observe speed limits.

•Don't drink and drive.

Tips for Safe Swimming

•Check weather and water conditions beforehand and throughout the day.

•Always swim with a buddy in a designated swimming area supervised by a lifeguard.

•Provide constant supervision to children in or near the water and always stay within arm's reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.

•Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

Tips for Safe Grilling

•Keep the grill away from the house, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.

•Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

•Keep children and pets away from the grill.

•Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

While not all safety deals with driving for the weekend, as stated above, there are many other ways that safety plays a key role.