Heavy traffic coming this holiday

DOVER – They’re heading to barbecues and fireworks displays, parades and more.

More than 12 percent of Delawareans will travel at least 50 miles during the Fourth of July holiday, the largest number coming Wednesday.

In advance of an expected record-breaking 48.9 million Americans on the roadway this holiday, traffic officials combined efforts to publicize safety tips for motorists and those in their paths, urging safety tactics with every mile and reminding them of heavy traffic volume projections.

AAA forecast a four percent increase in travelers from 2018.

“The 4th of July holiday is when we really see the summer travel season begin and we want everyone to reach their destination safely,” Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan said in a Tuesday morning news release.

“With more people on the roads, driving cautiously and should be everyone’s top priority when they get behind the wheel.”
Pedestrians and bicyclists add to the challenges of avoiding accidents and collisions, DelDOT stressed.

Safety tips for lowering risks to motorists and others include:
• Always wear seatbelts
• Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Obey posted speed limits
• Do not drive distracted
• Do not drive aggressively

“Following these five rules significantly decreases the likelihood of being involved in a crash as these are the leading cause of crashes involving serious injury or death on our roads,” according to DelDOT.

The state seen 46 crash-related fatal incidents this year, and an increased number of deadly motorcycle incidents – a combined eight in May and June.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, from drivers and passengers to bicyclists and pedestrians,” AAA Mid-Atlantic Manager of Public and Government Affairs Manager Ken Grant said.

“With basic planning and preparation we can all make sure this is a safe Independence Day celebration for everyone.”

More than 110 traffic cameras provide real-time opportunity to view conditions via DelDOT’s smartphone application or online at deldot.gov, The free app is available for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. Motorists can also listen to WTMC 1380 AM for updates on current road conditions.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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