Another holiday weekend is upon us, one that promises great summer weather for getting out and doing all the things we love to get out and do.

That means there will be a lot of people out this weekend, on the roads and on the water. We’d like to remind readers to be safe, to remember to be considerate of one another, and to use a designated driver if consumption of alcoholic beverages is included in your plans for the holiday.


Another holiday weekend is upon us, one that promises great summer weather for getting out and doing all the things we love to get out and do.
That means there will be a lot of people out this weekend, on the roads and on the water. We’d like to remind readers to be safe, to remember to be considerate of one another, and to use a designated driver if consumption of alcoholic beverages is included in your plans for the holiday.
On that note, we’d like to remind readers some new laws went into effect Thursday, most notably the point-oh-eight law we have advocated for on this opinion page. The legal threshold for boating while intoxicated is now the same on state waterways as it is on state highways, a .08 percent blood-alcohol content.
We’d like to report that BWI arrests did not show a marked increase over the weekend.
You can bet the Water Patrol, Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will be out in force, not to fill coffers but to keep roads and waterways safe for all. There may well be sobriety checkpoints pop up somewhere, and not without good reason. Missouri waters have led or been near the top for drunken boating arrests for the entire country, and the highway checkpoints have produced about a 10 percent drunken driving arrest rate over the last year or so.
We’ll keep saying this until we no longer have to because it isn’t an issue: If you drink, let someone else drive.
Have a safe weekend.