MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - As the Labor Day holiday winds down, Leah Funderburk was pleasantly surprised Lake Martin wasn't crowded when the family hit the water 9 o'clock Monday morning.
"We found a wonderful island and sandbar and let our dogs go play. We played, too," Funderburk said with a smile.
Not far away at Children's Harbor, we found Levon and Tonya Brassfield enjoying a quiet day in the shade on the shoreline.
"We're having a good time, a clean and safe sobriety good time," said Brassfield.
No doubt this is what troopers like Jesse Thornton wanted to hear.
"A lot of times on the water you see there's alcohol involved," said Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Cpl. Thornton.
On the road Monday, Thornton has written a number of tickets on Highway 280 near Alex City. Marine police are also patrolling the waters across the state.
"Marine Patrol Troopers are out there. They're obviously monitoring recreational activities and doing enforcement actions," Thornton said.
Sadly, there've been fatalities on the highways, but no reports as of now of any tragedies on Alabama waterways. The veteran trooper can't emphasize the tips enough; no drinking and boating or texting. The same for the roads as well.
"And when you put that in the mix, it can become a deadly combination," said Thornton.
Labor Day 2018 will soon be in the books. Safety is the name of the game both on land and water. The Labor Day holiday officially ends at midnight.