ALDOT advises drivers about road safety during eclipse

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MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Department of Transportation is advising motorists to maintain safe driving behaviors during the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

Drivers are urged to not pull over at unsafe locations, such as stopping on interstates or any roadways, to view the eclipse. Motorists should also be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists, who may be looking skyward.

While not in the path of the total eclipse, Alabamians will see varying degrees of solar coverage, darkness and duration, depending on their location.

Many are expected to travel through Alabama in search of an optimum view. Commuters engaged in routine travel are encouraged to adjust arrival/departure times, expect delays, observe work zone speed limits and other work zone signs, and turn on headlights during the eclipse itself. Heavy congestion is possible on major routes on the day before, day of and day after the eclipse.

“ALDOT encourages everyone who wishes to view the eclipse to do so safely,” said Drive Safe Alabama coordinator Allison Green. “A safe viewing experience would include not only the proper eye protection we have all heard so much about, but also a distraction-free drive to and from an appropriate viewing location.”

ALDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally-sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visit

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