Alabama DOT Suspends Lane Closures for Independence Day
ALABAMA – According to an online news report posted at whnt.com, the Alabama Department of Transportation is suspending lane closures on the state’s roadways for the Independence Day traveling period. The department is also offering some tips for drivers to have a safe holiday.*
With safety considerations in mind, the Alabama DOT is lifting all temporary lane closures on interstates from noon on Wednesday, July 3, through midnight on Sunday, July 7. Construction zones and road projects will not be active during this time, but officials say that drivers still need to be careful when traveling through these areas.
“Drivers should prepare to safely navigate the busy roads during the Independence Day holiday, as travelers drive to and from Alabama beaches, lakes and other popular summer destinations,” said Allison Green, of the Alabama DOT’s Drive Safe Alabama. “Drive sober, alert and buckled up.”
The department encourages all drivers to follow these practices during the holiday to remain safe on the roads:
·Wear a seat belt – Lawmakers in Alabama recently passed a law requiring all vehicle occupants to wear seat belts. Drive Safe Alabama indicates that 60 percent of the victims of fatal vehicle crashes in the state were not wearing seat belts.
·Do not drink and drive – In 2017, almost 200 people were killed in Alabama vehicle accidents involving alcohol. When celebrating the holiday with alcohol, always arrange for a safe ride home.
·Reduce your speed – Speeding is a factor in the majority of crashes in the state. Slowing down can help you avoid a serious wreck.
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