Well Birmingham, get ready to officially say goodbye to summer! With the fun plans for the long weekend ahead, also brings closure to summer vacations and backyard cookouts.

According to Al.com, travel this weekend is supposed to spike to a record high since the beginning of the recession a few years ago. In addition to buzzing holiday traffic, college football kicks off this weekend adding even more traffic to the roadways.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency released a statement on Tuesday  that our Alabama law enforcement will have increased patrols this weekend to ensure our roadways and waterways are as safe as possible.

The statement also asked for Alabamians to:

  • be sure to use safety belts in cars and life vests in the water;
  • be aware of speed limits and obey traffic laws on the roads as well as the waterways;
  • avoid operating vehicles and boats while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • closely monitor teans to prevent underage drinking;
  • use safe practices while grilling, including keeping children and pets in the “safe zone” (3 feet from the grill);
  • be aware of weather conditions, especially watch for thunder and lightening.

The National Safety Council released an estimate this week that the 2014 Labor Day weekend traffic crashes will injure more than 42,000 and claim about 400 lives nationwide between Friday evening and late Monday.

The Birmingham personal injury attorneys of Farris, Riley & Pitt are all too familiar with the repercussions of injuries related to Labor Day weekend accidents. Please be extra careful this weekend and enjoy the last taste of summer with your friends, family and loved ones.

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