From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — For the safety of travelers, road construction and maintenance workers, the Alabama Department of Transportation will have no temporary lane closures on interstates during the Thanksgiving holiday from noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 29.
ALDOT says Alabama rest areas and welcome centers are open to the public, but asks travelers to practice social distancing and follow the public health guidelines when utilizing them.
ALDOT urges motorists to drive safely and offers the following road safety tips and information:
- Buckle up
- Almost 57% of people who died from a vehicle crash in Alabama in 2019 were not wearing a seat belt. Last year, 15 people died in crashes on Alabama’s roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday.
- Drive alert
- Taking a break from driving every two hours helps drivers stay alert. Drowsy driving contributed to more than 2,600 vehicle crashes in Alabama last year.
- Move over
- For the safety of law enforcement, emergency responders, tow truck drivers and others, the Alabama Move Over law requires drivers to move over a lane or slow down when there are vehicles with flashing lights on the side of the road.