MONTGOMERY, Ala. – To ease Thanksgiving traffic congestion statewide and as an added safety precaution, the Alabama Department of Transportation is announcing there will be no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates from noon, Wednesday, Nov. 22, through midnight, Sunday, Nov. 26.

“Motorists can do their part for roadway safety during the Thanksgiving holiday by wearing a seat belt and making sure all passengers in their vehicle do the same,” said Allison Green, Drive Safe Alabama Coordinator with ALDOT. “It only takes a few seconds to buckle a seat belt. And those few seconds could be the difference between life and death if you’re involved in a crash.”

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency investigated 419 traffic accidents resulting in 204 injuries, and 14 fatalities from the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday travel season. To avoid similar results, ALDOT has released the top three Holiday Highway Safety Tips for 2017:

  1. Always wear a seat belt, including passengers in front and rear seats. The odds greatly favor those wearing a seat belt. The latest data shows that about 60 percent of Alabamians who die in vehicle crashes are not buckled up. In comparison, about 98 percent of people involved in vehicle crashes that are unharmed were reported to have been wearing their seat belts.
  2. Slow down. Speeding is the leading cause of fatal crashes in Alabama.
  3. Drive alert when traveling through highway work zones. Even when workers aren’t present, lanes in a work zone can shift or grooves in the road can alter the way a vehicle handles. So, it’s important to pay attention to changing conditions and maintain a safe distance around other vehicles.

For more safe driving tips visit the Drive Safe Alabama Facebook page.

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.

For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us. Motorists can access real-time, road work, traffic and weather conditions through www.algotraffic.com or by downloading the ALGO Traffic app in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. ALDOT asks motorist to use ALGO Traffic responsibly. Drivers should never text, tweet, or use a mobile device while driving a vehicle.

Jeremy Law for SylacaugaNews.com | © 2017, SylacaugaNews.com/Marble City Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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