SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is doing its part to ensure road safety during the Independence Day travel season.

To make the roads safer, for both drivers and road construction workers, ALDOT says it will have no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates after noon on Friday, June 30 through midnight on July 4.

Now, ALDOT is asking for drivers to do their part to make this a fatality free July 4.

“Turning one of the deadliest holidays on the road into one of the safest is in the hands of the drivers,” said Allison Green, Drive Safe Alabama coordinator with ALDOT. “We are asking motorists to join ALDOT in making highway safety a priority for this year’s Fourth of July holiday.”

Green explained there are two ways to prevent a fatal car crash:

  • Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. People are seven times more likely to die in a crash when the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as shown in ALDOT crash reports. Designating a sober driver before drinking is key to preventing these deadly crashes.
  • Wear a seat belt in the front and rear of the vehicle. Surviving a crash is much more likely when wearing a seat belt. Latest stats from Drive Safe Alabama show that 56 percent of people dying in crashes on Alabama highways are not wearing a seat belt.

For more safe driving tips, check out the Drive Safe Alabama Facebook page. Motorists planning their holiday travel route can find Alabama traffic and road condition information by clicking here.

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

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