MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is asking drivers to do their part to make this a fatality-free 4th of July on Alabama highways. As an added precaution during the heavily-traveled holiday, ALDOT is doing its part for road safety by having no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates after noon on Friday, June 30, through midnight, Tuesday, 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, ALDOT. “We are asking motorists to join ALDOT in making highway safety a priority for this year’s 4th of July holiday.”
Top two ways to prevent fatal crashes
- Don’t 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 your seat belt, in both front and rear seats.– Surviving a crash is much more likely when wearing a seat belt. The latest stats from Drive Safe Alabama show that 56 percent of people dying in crashes on Alabama highways are not wearing a seat belt.
More safe driving tips are available on the Drive Safe Alabama Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DriveSafeAlabama.
Motorists planning their holiday travel route can find Alabama traffic and road condition information at www.ALGOtraffic.com or by downloading the ALGO Traffic app available online in iTunes and on Google Play. ALDOT asks motorists to use ALGO Traffic responsibly. Drivers should never text, tweet or use a mobile device while operating a vehicle.
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