- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency wants people to understand the importance of safety while traveling roadways or waterways when celebrations involve fireworks.

The ALEA is participating in two national campaigns: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Operation Dry Water, the Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/29jLChp) reported. ODW is a boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign.

“Safety is always a priority, particularly as Independence Day weekend festivities may involve alcohol and may result in traffic or boating crashes, injuries and fatalities,” Alabama’s Secretary of Law Enforcement Stan Stabler said. “By all means, have fun. Just designate a driver to get you home safely, whether on the water or roadway.”

Operation Dry Water took place last weekend on the state’s waterways.

State Troopers will bolster enforcement on Alabama roadways efforts that started Friday and run through midnight Monday, July 4.

Last year, the Fourth holiday travel period was from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, through midnight Sunday, July 5. Troopers investigated five fatalities on roadways and two boating fatalities.

“We look forward to joining our county and municipal law enforcement partners to reduce injuries and deaths during this holiday period by enforcing traffic, boating and alcoholic beverage laws,” Stabler said.

Troopers will work additional patrol shifts with grants from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Alabama Department of Transportation.

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