As we enter the long holiday weekend, those who work in public safety are encouraging you to take steps to insure that your Independence Day weekend is a safe one. Officer Justin Black, with the Columbus Police Department, is offering these tips to drivers…

He says that these simple things could save you trouble and money. Black says that it’s also important for drivers to get plenty of rest before a long trip…

Officer Black adds that it’s also important for drivers to prepare for possible road closures due to construction…

He also notes that, at night, it may be tempting to look up from the road to catch a glimpse of fireworks…

Black urges you to avoid the temptation, or make plans to stop somewhere and take in a fireworks display.

If you happen to see impaired drivers, Officer Black urges you to do your part, and possibly save the lives of others, by calling 911 to report them.