The Bayonet

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

Follow tips for safe weekend

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On Labor Day, we celebrate the achievements of American workers and the contributions they have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our nation. I hope you will take time this weekend to have some final summer fun with Family and friends before autumn events get into full swing.

Labor Day weekend also marks the end of the 101 Critical Days of Summer, a period historically associated with increased accidents and incidents. As you take a well-deserved break, safety should be an integral part of your plans. Accident prevention is everyone's responsibility and staying aware of potential hazards is key to success. Follow these tips for a fun and safe last weekend of summer:

Arrive alive. Never drink and operate vehicles, watercraft or motorcycles. If alcohol is part of the plan, always plan for a designated driver to get everyone home safely. In the Chattahoochee Valley, Safety Cab will offer free rides home this weekend. They can be reached at 706-660-6069. Think safety. Ensure common sense and safety awareness are part of outdoor recreational activities such as camping, grilling, boating and swimming. Always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device when in any watercraft.

Practice motorcycle safety. All motorcyclists must wear personal protective equipment. In addition, motorcyclists must obey the posted speed limit signs. Do not attempt risky maneuvers.

Plan ahead. When traveling by car, ensure the driver is well rested, all passengers are buckled up and proper vehicle checks have been performed. Soldiers traveling outside of the Chattahoochee Valley area must complete a Travel Risk Planning System (TRIPS) report, which can be found online at https://safety.army.mil.

Thank you to our Maneuver Center Soldiers, Family members and civilians for your service and dedication to our nation. Please take a moment this weekend to remember the Soldiers and civilians who are serving around the world, especially those in Afghanistan.

One Force, One Fight!

- Maj. Gen. Scott Miller Commanding general

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