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ALDOT limits roadwork for Memorial Day weekend

MONTGOMERY – It should be smooth driving in the state for travelers this weekend.

Or, at least, smoother to unofficially kick off the summer.

Because of the annual high number of vehicles expected on the road, and for the safety of motorists and work crews, the Alabama Department of Transportation said there will be no temporary lane closures on interstates from noon Friday through midnight Monday.

ALDOT is asking drivers to put safety first during the heavily traveled holiday period and to remember that Alabama has a hands-free law. This new law allows drivers over 18 to make or receive phone calls using “hands-free” technology such as Bluetooth or integrated systems within the vehicle, as long as you don’t hold or support the device or manually enter letters, numbers, or symbols.

Drivers are allowed to answer a call with a single button or swipe of a finger. If you must hold your device, you should pull over to a safe location and park your car before handling.

ALDOT Holiday Travel Tips:

  • Avoid Distractions. Drivers should keep their eyes and minds on the road and avoid cell phone use while driving.
  • Observe Speed Limits. Speeding is the number one contributor to fatal crashes in Alabama. It reduces reaction time and increases the severity of crashes.
  • Buckle Up. Seat belts save lives and reduce the risk of serious injury in the event of a crash. Ensure that everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt properly.

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