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Safe Driving and Seat Belts Needed this Thanksgiving Holiday

Safe Driving and Seat Belts Needed on Alabama Roads this Thanksgiving Holiday ALDOT Limits Road Construction and Lane Closures Wednesday-Sunday

MONTGOMERY – Higher traffic volumes expected on Alabama highways during the Thanksgiving holiday make crashes and related fatalities more likely. The Alabama Department of Transportation urges motorists to drive safely and have all passengers wear a seat belt.

"Almost 60 percent of the people who die in vehicle crashes on Alabama highways are not wearing a seat belt," said Allison Green, Drive Safe Alabama coordinator with ALDOT. "Most of those crashes are survivable. Buckle up this holiday season. You’ll be thankful you did."

As an added precaution during the heavily-traveled holiday, ALDOT today announced there would be no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates from noon Wednesday, Nov. 23, through midnight, Sunday, Nov. 27.

For the safety of the traveling public, construction industry workers and maintenance crews, roadwork will be limited during this busy holiday period. Throughout the year, ALDOT limits road construction during major holiday weekends. Emergency lane closures may be possible based on specific circumstances on interstates and other state roadways. Motorists are urged to always obey posted work zone speed limits.

ALDOT's mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally and economically sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us.

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