August 29, 2003 at 9:22 PM CDT - Updated June 23 at 2:32 PM
August 29, 2003 - Posted at 5:05 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, Ark. -- The holiday rush is on.
Triple-a predicts 33.4 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the Labor Day weekend, the most in almost a decade.
And if you're on the road this weekend, it's driver beware. L
ocal police and the Arkansas State Police will be out in full force on this final holiday of the summer because troopers are not allowed vacation time this weekend.
So if you're pushing it, they'll be looking to pull you over and you'd better have your seat belt on. Troopers say not wearing a seat belt is a sure death sentence, especially if you're in an SUV.
"It seems like we have a lot accidents with SUV's ejecting people out of them," says Arkansas State Trooper Matt Miller. Miller adds, "Part of the reason for that is all the glass area along the SUV's and when they roll over the persons are ejected if they don't have their seatbelt on."
Child restraints is another thing law enforcement officers will be checking for. Corporal Miller says, "What gets me more than anything is you're going down the road and see someone with an infant between them and the steering wheel and ofcourse what's going to happen if somebody crosses the center line and hits them head on, they're going to crush that infant. Anybody under the age of 15 has to be restrained in some form or fashion depending on their age and weight. "
So while you're out looking for fun, troopers and police will be looking for drunk driving, speeding, seat belt and child restraint violations, and road rage.