With the upcoming three-day holiday weekend, officials from various agencies are urging people to keep safety in mind as they head out for Labor Day activities.

With the upcoming three-day holiday weekend, officials from various agencies are urging people to keep safety in mind as they head out for Labor Day activities.

For people who will be driving this holiday weekend, Leavenworth Deputy Police Chief Dan Nicodemus said he offers the same advice he would give to travelers any other time of year. He urges people not to drink and drive and asks that they be responsible.

The Leavenworth Police Department is one of several law enforcement agencies to participate in a statewide campaign that is focused on cracking down on drunken drivers.

The You Drink. You Drive. You LOSE. campaign was kicked off earlier this month and is scheduled to continue through Labor Day.

Deputies from the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office also are participating in the campaign.

“They’ll be out there addressing the issue as best they can,” Undersheriff Jim Sherley said.

Officials with AAA Kansas also urge people not to drink and drive. The automobile association also urges people to obey posted speed limits, wear seat belts and avoid distractions while driving. And AAA Kansas cautions drivers to not follow other vehicles too closely, according to a news release from the organization.

AAA Kansas also offers tips to help prevent motorists from becoming stranded. The automobile association encourages people to get oil changes and check their car batteries, tires and other vehicle systems.

AAA Kansas also suggests that drivers carry emergency kits in their vehicles in case of breakdowns. An emergency kit can include items such as jumper cables, tools, reflectors or flares, first aid supplies, a cell phone with a charger, snacks and drinking water.

Officials with the Kansas City District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are encouraging people to be safe during water activities this holiday weekend.

Officials with the Kansas City District encourage people to wear life jackets when around water and boat responsibly. The Kansas City District also urges people to know their swimming abilities. People also are encouraged to watch children when they are around water and be on the lookout for others who may be in trouble.

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