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August 30, 2013

Law enforcement, DNR prepare for Labor Day weekend traffic

MILLEDGEVILLE — Labor Day marks the end of the summer travel season. Law enforcement officials and the Department of Natural Resources rangers are anticipating the upcoming Labor Day holiday to bring people to both the water and the roads. The 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight on Labor Day, according to a press release from the Georgia Department of Public Safety. 

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office urges everyone to be cautious and alert when on the road this Labor Day holiday. 

"Drivers should plan to leave in plenty of time so they won't have to rush on the road, causing unnecessary traffic problems," said Cpt. Michael Lumpkin. 

To avoid endangering yourself and other travelers on the road, he also reminds motorists to wear their seatbelts and to obey all traffic laws. 

"No traffic law is worth breaking just to shave off a few seconds on your arrival time," said Lumpkin. 

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Law Enforcement Division stresses the importance of safety for all boat drivers and passengers. 

"While the Labor Day holiday weekend is not typically as busy as early and mid-summer holidays, there still is a need for increased awareness from all boaters," says Lt. Col. Jeff Weaver in a press release. 

According to the release, so far this year there have been 68 boating incidents, eight boating incident-related fatalities, and 22 total drownings on Georgia waters. Locally there have been two boating accidents, one with serious injuries and one with minor, no boating related fatalities, and 16 BUI arrests in total on Lake Sinclair.

"Overall it's been a good year. Our BUI citations were a little higher than I wanted them to be but with few accidents and no fatalities I'd have to say it's been an good summer on the lake," said DNR Cpl. Josh Copelan. 

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