ALEA Kicks Off the 2022 Football Season with ‘Play Hard, Win Big Safety Campaign’

Submitted by Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA)

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) may be wrapping up its 101 Days  of Safety this Labor Day weekend, however, the Agency is turning its attention to another celebrated  season in the South: Football! 

ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said, “Although Labor Day signals the unofficial end to summer, and  everyone is easing back into a regular routine, the South has kicked off football season into high gear with  high school games every Thursday and Friday night, and university/college games each Saturday. Even if  you aren’t a football fan, heavier-than-usual game day traffic is likely to affect you.”  

He went on to say the Agency’s 101 Days of Summer Safety was an extremely successful campaign that promoted public safety with ALEA Troopers focusing on Alabama’s roadways, waterways – and even  airways along beaches at the gulf – beginning Memorial Day weekend and continuing through midnight  Labor Day, Sept 5. During the safety initiative, ALEA utilized an assortment of platforms and  partnerships with local first responders to implement enforcement details and convey a variety of safety  messages, as well share important tips to keep everyone safe while they enjoyed their summer festivities.  

Now, however, it is time to focus on keeping everyone safe as we begin to enjoy football along with all  the fall festivities.  

Secretary Taylor said, “When you first arrive in our state, a common question is, ‘Are you an Alabama or  Auburn fan?’ This is just one of the many intense rivalries that occur across our state each year. We  recognize and understand the anticipation as well as excitement for fans to watch and enjoy their favorite  game. It doesn’t matter where you enjoy the exhilaration of the gridiron – as long as you develop a game  plan prior to leaving home and celebrate responsibly. If you plan to consume alcoholic beverages away  from home, please take a few minutes to select a designated driver or reserve a ride-share service. This  simple technique can be a winning strategy to ensure everyone’s safety while traveling on Alabama’s  roadways.” 

In addition, motorists should expect traffic congestion, especially on gameday, and drivers should be  defensive and patient when it is time to leave the stadium and head home. These and other safety tips are  key throughout the year, but particularly during such popular traveling periods as Labor Day and game  day.  

“Let’s all do our part to make this a safe Labor Day weekend – and a winning football season for  everyone,” Secretary Taylor said.  

View the Agency’s top Labor Day weekend safety tips HERE. 

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