Labor Day marks the end of summer. Some will celebrate with road trips, others will be on the lake and still others enjoy the holiday with cookouts and parties at home.


Labor Day marks the end of summer. Some will celebrate with road trips, others will be on the lake and still others enjoy the holiday with cookouts and parties at home.


“Whatever your plans may be, if they involve the consumption of alcohol, please seriously consider the possible consequences of drinking and driving before you get behind the wheel of your vehicle,” Lt. Allen Henry, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F, said. “The taking of a life by a drunk driver is not an accident it’s a crime and you will be held accountable for your actions. You should remember that you have the power of choice, make it the right one, don’t drink and drive.”


Henry said travelers should expect an increase in traffic on highways and interstates.


“Increased traffic warrants consideration when planning your departure time if you choose to travel,” he said.


Other things to add to the pre-travel “to do” lists include:


• Check your vehicle’s belts, hoses, and tires.


• Check you spare tire and make sure you have all the tools you need to change a flat and know how to use them.


“It’s actually very surprising that there are so many drivers that travel without this equipment or that know how to use it. This equipment and/or the knowledge of it’s operation could mean the difference between 15 minutes on the side of the roadway changing the flat yourself or, depending on your location and the approximate hour, the response time of a roadside service to come and perform this task for you,” Henry said.


In addition troopers urge drivers to:


• Stay alert to your surroundings;


• If you become sleepy pull over and take a break.


“Along with law enforcement agencies across the nation, Oklahoma troopers will be participating in the national campaign, “Drunk Driving Over the Limit Under Arrest” and will be utilizing all available personnel over the holiday period,” Henry said, adding the campaign doesn’t just focus on roads.


Troopers and other participating law enforcement agencies  will be concentrating on aggressive driving, water safety, and restraint violations, along with alcohol- and drug-related offenses on Oklahoma’s roads and waterways. Driver license and vehicle safety check points will be set up by OHP and local law enforcement officers at various locations across the state.