Labor Day weekend is upon us already, meaning that families and school children will head outdoors for a final hurrah in the sun. We'd like to remind Washington County residents to keep safety in mind when enjoying the sun along our rivers and streams and while driving on the roads to these wonderful destinations.

There are some obvious ways to keep your family members safe over the holiday weekend - don't drink while operating motorized vehicles, whether on roads or waterways.

It's also a good idea to stay sober when swimming in local lakes and rivers to prevent foolhardy behavior that can lead to tragedy. Our papers have reported on too many instances of people drowning or dying in traffic accidents on what should be an enjoyable weekend.

High temperatures, sunny weather and the impending start of school can lead young people to do things they wouldn't normally consider. It's up to families and support systems to make sure everyone stays safe this holiday weekend.

Safe driving practices should continue, as students head back to class on Tuesday. Motorists can expect delays and should plan ahead to give themselves plenty of time to reach their destinations. School zone speed restrictions will be enforced. Let's have a safe start to the school year.

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