Police will be out in force during Labor Day holiday

Police are starting to warn motorists that officers will be out in force to patrol roadways during the Labor Day holiday.

Franklin state police note that the official holiday period begins at 1 a.m. Friday and runs through midnight Monday.

“The official Labor Day holiday enforcement period begins this week and motorists are reminded that the Pennsylvania State Police will continue our efforts to provide highway safety during this holiday weekend,” a press release from the Franklin barracks said.

State police from the Punxatawney barracks said that speed is the leading cause of crashes in the state and that police will be focusing heavily on reducing motorists’ speed while driving.

Troopers will also be enforcing seatbelt and child passenger seat laws, police said.

All children from birth to 4 years should be in an approved child passenger safety seat. Young children who are 4 to 8 years old should ride in an approved booster seat, police noted.

Officers went on to say that Labor Day signals the beginning of a new school year and advised motorists to watch out for children walking to school or waiting for a bus.

They advised not to tailgate busses carrying students and not to pass busses that have red lights flashing. Doing so will result in a substantial fine and a license suspension, police said.

“Cooperation is requested of travelers on all highways throughout the Commonwealth,” Franklin state police said in the press release.