Staying safe on the roadways this Fourth of July


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) —  Troopers, sheriffs and local police will be out in full force hoping to keep drivers safe this holiday weekend.

PIO Curtis Summerville tells WIAT that they want to change behaviors of drivers. If they an get travelers to wear their seatbelts, not speed, not drink and drive then they will be perfectly happy if they don’t write a single ticket.

One of the biggest problems with holiday drivers is actually drowsiness. It’s recommended to not get on the road after a full day of work. Summerville suggests getting a couple hours of sleep before taking the wheel.

He also wants to remind drivers that speeding is still the number one cause of fatal crashes in Alabama. You need to move over for emergency vehicles and watch for construction zones. Even if you don’t see anyone working, you should slow down. Don’t forget to buckle up, 70% of people killed in Alabama crashes were not wearing their seatbelt.

Finally, for those with teenage drivers, go over those precautions with them as well.



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