As families prepare to travel for their annual holiday celebrations, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make their trips a little smoother. By avoiding traffic delays, drivers can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs.
NCDOT will put on hold most construction projects along Interstate 95 from 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 21 until 12 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.
Here are some additional tips for navigating the highways safely during the holiday travel season:
- Leave early to get a head start on your drive. Travel at non-peak hours when possible.
- Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zones.
- Be patient and obey the posted speed limit.
- Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion.
- Stay informed. Real-time travel information is available online and over the phone by dialing 511.
- Don’t drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks.
- Avoid distracted driving. When drivers stop focusing on the road ahead, they react more slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in an accident.
In addition, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program started their holiday “Booze It & Loose It” campaign on Dec. 11 and runs through Jan. 3. Law enforcement officers are stepping up patrols statewide, so remember: “Don’t drink and drive. You’re smarter than that.” It’s never been easier to find a sober way home—including calling a friend, using a taxi, taking public transportation, ride-sharing or designating a driver.
In 2014, 380 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver, and in December 2014 alone there were 24 people killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. One of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day.
While you’re traveling over the holidays, your job is to be a safe driver. Focus on the road, and let everything else wait until you arrive at your destination.
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