While most people will be celebrating the traditional end of summer this Labor Day weekend, area Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers will be focusing on keeping motorists and roads safe.

While most people will be celebrating the traditional end of summer this Labor Day weekend, area Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers will be focusing on keeping motorists and roads safe.

Capt. Ronnie Hampton, OHP Troop F, headquartered in Ardmore, said Troop F troopers will be concentrating on two things: speed and alcohol-related violations.

"We want everyone to enjoy the last major holiday that ends the summer lake season. However, they need to act responsible," Hampton said.

State statistics show how dangerous Labor Day weekend can be:

During the 2010 Labor Day holiday weekend OHP investigated 166 collisions across the state. Six of those crashes were fatalities and 15 were alcohol related. Troopers also arrested 128 drivers for driving under the influence.

During the 2011 Labor Day holiday weekend the patrol statewide investigated 183 collisions. Three were fatalities and 16 were alcohol related.

Hampton also pointed to Troop F's 2011 Labor Day weekend stats.

"In 2011, troopers assigned to Troop F, which covers Carter, Love, Garvin, Murray, Pontotoc, Johnston and Marshall counties, investigated 20 collisions of which five were alcohol related. Troopers also arrested 14 drivers for DUI," he said. "Fortunately no person died in a vehicle collision (in Troop F) during last year's Labor Day weekend."

Hampton offered the following tips to all those planning to be on the roads starting Friday through early Tuesday:

Don't drink and drive

Obey the speed limit

Wear your safety belt

Be patient

"If you see a vehicle weaving or driving dangerous call 911 to reach the county 911 center in your area or call *55 to reach the closest highway patrol headquarters," Hampton said.

AAA Oklahoma said those who do plan to celebrate the end of summer with alcohol can protect themselves and others by not getting behind the wheel and calling the Tipsy Tow service. Tipsy Tow will begin at 6 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Tuesday and is available in Ardmore.

Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride for the driver, one passenger and their vehicle at no cost for up to 15 miles. Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment or to a destination other than their home.

Those requesting Tipsy Tow should call (800) AAA-HELP (800-222-4357). Callers simply need request Tipsy Tow and provide the driver's name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location. The free service is open to both AAA members and nonmembers.