NEWS RELEASE: ALDOT Helps Drivers Prepare for Fourth of July Holiday Travel
July 1, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact:
Drive Safe Alabama Coordinator
Alabama Department of Transportation
ALDOT Helps Drivers Prepare for Fourth of July Holiday Travel
Top Two Ways to Stay Safe on the Road; Current Alabama Road Advisories
(Montgomery, Ala.) – Drivers planning to be on Alabama roads during the Fourth of July holiday should expect increased traffic and allow extra time to reach their destination. With more Americans planning a holiday getaway than any year since 2007*, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) encourages drivers to remember two key ways to arrive safely:
- Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Wear a seatbelt.
Motorists are four times more likely to die in a crash when driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is involved, as shown in studies sponsored by ALDOT. Designating a sober driver before drinking is key to preventing these deadly crashes.
Surviving a crash is more likely when wearing a seat belt. Latest stats from Drive Safe Alabama show that 59 percent of people killed on Alabama highways were not wearing seat belts.
Each of the State Highway Patrol Posts will step up enforcement in “hot spots,” areas identified as having significant crash activity.
To better handle increased traffic and for the safety of travelers, construction industry workers and maintenance crews, ALDOT will not allow temporary lane closures on any interstates from 12:01 a.m. Thursday, July 2 through midnight Sunday, July 5. Emergency lane closures may be necessary, and some existing long-term lane and bridge closures may remain in place.
Work zones with reduced speed limits will remain in place during the holiday travel period, even in the absence of construction activity. Notable work zones on busy holiday routes include:
Birmingham: Corridor X (Interstate 22) interchange with Interstate 65
Luverne in Crenshaw County: U.S. 331 resurfacing project
Dothan: Ross Clark Circle road widening project (see http://dothanbridge.com/ for more information)
Motorists should allow extra time for travel through these areas and consider taking an alternate route.
*Source: AAA Travel
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Travel Game: For some competitive travel fun and to keep safety top of mind on the road, passengers can take the Safe Driving Quiz on their smart phone at DriveSafeAlabama.org.
About Drive Safe Alabama
Drive Safe Alabama is ALDOT’s branded traffic safety marketing campaign. It was created from the 2012 edition of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, a document required by the Federal Highway Administration.
The goal of Drive Safe Alabama is to strengthen Alabama’s highway safety culture. By providing safe driving information through online resources and educational opportunities, ALDOT aims to reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities on Alabama’s roadways. Learn more at DriveSafeAlabama.org.