FARMINGTON, MO (KDKZ-TV) Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to the summer.
During the holiday weekend, people will be out more to enjoy themselves, however it’s important to use safety precautions while out driving, swimming and boating.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Juston Wheetley says that it’s important to be wise when celebrating.
“We recommend when you go out, especially when alcohol is going to be a part of your good time you’re going to have enjoying the kick-off to summer, don’t drink and drive,” he said.
Drivers aren’t the only ones that need to be on the lookout.
“Boating as well. You can be arrested for bwi, boating while intoxicated. If you’re going to have any part of alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel and have a designated driver and don’t operate a vessel,” says Wheetley.
He says, you should also be prepared for the unexpected while traveling. He recommends that you have a full tank of gas before leaving for your destination, make sure cell phones are fully charged and check the air in your tires.
Juston says that if you need help looking over your car, take your car to a mechanic.
If an emergency does happen call 911 or *55 from your cell phone.