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Agencies issue spring break tips

Published 10:21am Monday, March 25, 2013

Students will be out of class next week in many Alabama school systems, including Elmore County.
In conjunction with spring break, the Department of Public Safety and Alabama’s Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force issued reminders to stress safety both on and off the road.
“Parents, let’s be proactive this spring break,” said Col. Hugh B. McCall, director of DPS. “Take time to sit down with your young drivers to discuss safety before heading to the beach or other spring break destinations, especially if teens will be traveling with friends.
“Let’s remind them to buckle up, to focus on the road, to avoid such distractions as texting while driving and to obey speed limits and other traffic laws.”
McCall said parents with teen drivers also should review Alabama’s Gra­du­ated Driver License law, a three-stage licensing process that places certain restrictions on young drivers to ensure they acquire experience behind the wheel before driving without supervision or restrictions. Information on the Graduated Driver License law can be found at dps.alabama.gov.
According to the SLE Task Force, officers will work together to create a highly visible enforcement presence during spring break season. The effort is intended to prevent crimes and violations that lead to deaths and injuries.
All available personnel will combine forces with county and municipal agencies statewide to conduct various details designed to enhance public safety and to enforce all laws, including traffic, boating and alcoholic beverage laws.
In addition to the motor vehicle precautions urged by DPS, the SLE Task Force encourages awareness of other areas affecting safety. Those include:
•Make hotel/motel stayd safe – choose establishments protected by both smoke alarms and fire sprinkler systems. Guests should review escape plans with entire party. If alarms sound, leave rooms right away, using the stairs and avoiding elevators.
•Be mindful of hot coals when camping or cooking outdoors. Don’t dump them in or around dry grass, leaves, etc.
•Restrict access and closely monitor teens to prevent underage use of alcoholic beverages.
•Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
•Buckle up when traveling in motor vehicles. On waterways, all occupants of water vessels should use U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets. Focus on driving or boating, avoiding such distractions as texting and talking on cell phones.
•Don’t barrel through construction zones. Drivers pose the greatest danger in work zone crashes by not paying attention, speeding and driving while impaired or distracted.

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