This weekend is the unofficial start to summer which means more people will be out on the lakes and rivers.
This Memorial Day weekend, Alabama State Troopers tell WAAY 31 they''ll be out patrolling looking for the regular violations out on the water and they'll also be looking to make sure that everyone is following social distancing guidelines.
Troopers stressed the importance of making sure everyone on a boat must have a personal flotation device such as a life jacket and children under the age of 8 must have a personal flotation device on at all times.
They anticipate a lot of people out on the water and want to remind you, waterways are like roadways, there are rules you need to follow.
And of course always have a designated driver.
"We're not out running around on the water on a holiday weekend trying to ruin everyone's time. We're trying to keep everyone safe as if your family was mine," said Eric Watson, Marine Police Officer for ALEA.
Troopers say during this pandemic, they have seen an increase in people out on the water, and they are expecting that to stay the same this Memorial Day weekend which is why they just want to make sure everyone stays safe.
ALEA also says it will be patrolling docks and beaches to make sure families and people are not congregating and staying 6 feet apart.