GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) – Friday night the skies over Gulf Shores will light up as they do every Fourth of July. And as with every Independence Day, that means a lot more people on the beach.
“It’s always in the back of your mind, you know, if you increase the number of visitors, the possibility for some sort of accident or incident obviously increases with it,” Sgt. Jason Woodruff said.
One issue is an increased number of pedestrians walking near the beach at night. Woodruff said people can help themselves by just being aware.
“The big thing is what we call ‘situational awareness.’ You know, just kind of know what’s going on around you. And if there’s a sidewalk available, use it. If there’s a pedestrian path available, use that. And just kind of be aware of what’s going on around you. That will go a long way,” Woodruff said.
Woodruff also said you’ll see an increased police presence on the beach this weekend.
“You’re looking at four to six extra people out at night. We’ve got several detectives who will be in uniform just working the streets those nights,” Woodruff said.
And while on sands, the best way to protect yourself is to heed the warning flags for rip current risk and to make sure to stay hydrated and wear plenty of sunscreen.