Thanksgiving is one of the most heavily traveled holidays of the year, and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is helping to make traveling this holiday season a little easier.
To help ease traffic congestion statewide and as an added safety precaution, there will be no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates from noon, Wednesday, Nov. 22, through midnight, Sunday, Nov. 26, ALDOT announced.
“There will be a lot of traffic on the roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Drive Safe Alabama Coordinator for ALDOT Allison Green. “Our goal is to help make the roadways safe. However, we can’t make the roads 100 percent safe the drivers must do their part by driving safely.”
Motorists can do their part in helping keep the roads in Alabama safe by wearing a seat belt and making sure all passengers in the vehicle wear one as well.
“It only takes a few seconds to buckle up,” Green said. “However, those few seconds could be the difference between life and death if someone’s involved in an automobile crash. Another way to promote safety this holiday season is to drive the speed limit. Speeding is still the leading cause of fatal crashes in Alabama.”
Although lane closures have been limited this Thanksgiving holiday season, motorists should always be alert when traveling through highway work zones. Although workers are not present, in some instances the traffic lanes in a work zone can shift or present grooves in the road which can alter the way a vehicle handles. That is why ALDOT reminds motorists to pay attention to changing conditions and maintain a safe distance around other vehicles.
“We want everyone to be safe on the roadways this holiday season,” Green said. “Hopefully, with motorists slowing down and obeying all traffic laws, everyone can safely enjoy their holiday.”