Memorial Day safety remindersPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Southern Arizona's parks and roads can be expected to be busy the next few days as people head out to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day weekend brings hundreds of people to Coronado National Forest campgrounds as they take a break from their normal routine and the Tucson heat.
"This is going to be a very busy weekend, a lot of families are going to be heading up to the higher elevations and enjoy the nice long weekend," said Heidi Schewel from the Coronado National Forest.
But with this being wildfire season, there are some restrictions would-be campers must keep in mind. Charcoal grills, open campfires and fireworks are not allowed and if you're going to smoke, you must do it in the car.
"All it really will take is one spark hitting the ground to start the next wildfire and we are encouraging people to take responsibility," said Schewel. "Do not be the source of the next wildfire."
Roads are also expected to be crowded as nearly 630,000 Arizonans head to their holiday destinations.
Since 2008 more than 30 people have lost their lives in Arizona during memorial day weekend. Safety officers don't want to see that number increase.
Quent Mehr from the Arizona Department of Public Safety offers some safe travel tips.
Don't drive fatigued, if you're tired take time to pull of the road and rest.
Don't speed. There's going to be a lot of people out there this year.
Don't drink and drive. Be safe.
Have water, have snacks, have something in your car, in case you get stuck in a traffic jam.
Extra officers will be on hand to enforce the rules both on the roads and in the parks, but it's up to the individual to make sure safety is a top priority this holiday weekend.