Drivers planning to be on Alabama roads during the Christmas and New Year holidays should expect increased traffic and allow extra time to reach their destination. With the number of year-end holiday travelers projected to top 100 million for the first time on record*, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) encourages drivers to remember two key ways to arrive safely:
– Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
– Wear a seatbelt.
Motorists are four times more likely to die in a crash when driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is involved, as shown in studies sponsored by ALDOT. Designating a sober driver before drinking is key to preventing these deadly crashes.
Surviving a crash is more likely when wearing a seat belt. Latest stats from Drive Safe Alabama show that almost 60 percent of people killed on Alabama highways were not wearing seat belts.
To better handle increased traffic and for the safety of travelers, construction industry workers and maintenance crews, ALDOT announced today there would be no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates after noon, Wednesday, December 23, through midnight, Sunday, December 27, 2015, and after noon, Wednesday, December 30, 2015 through midnight, Friday, January 1, 2016.
*Source: AAA Travel
Travel Game: For some competitive travel fun and to keep safety top of mind on the road, passengers can take the Safe Driving Quiz on their smart phone at DriveSafeAlabama.org.
Drive Safe Alabama is ALDOT’s branded traffic safety marketing campaign. It was created from the 2012 edition of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, a document required by the Federal Highway Administration.
The goal of Drive Safe Alabama is to strengthen Alabama’s highway safety culture. By providing safe driving information through online resources and educational opportunities, ALDOT aims to reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities on Alabama’s roadways. Learn more at DriveSafeAlabama.org.