As an added precaution during the heavily traveled Fourth of July holiday, the Alabama Department of Transportation is doing its part for road safety by having no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates after noon on Wednesday through midnight Sunday.

Although ALDOT construction work zones will not be active during the holiday, work zone materials along the road and reduced speed limits will be in effect in many areas. Drivers taking to Alabama roads for the Fourth of July holiday should allow extra time to reach their destination.

“Drivers should prepare to safely navigate the busy roads during the Independence Day holiday as travelers drive to and from Alabama beaches, lakes and other popular summer destinations,” said ALDOT Drive Safe coordinator Allison Green. “Drive sober, alert and buckled up.”

The Alabama Legislature recently passed a law requiring all occupants of a vehicle to wear a seat belt.

ALDOT offers these holiday travel tips:

• Buckle up. Surviving a crash is much more likely when wearing a seat belt. Latest stats from Drive Safe Alabama show almost 60% of people dying in crashes on Alabama highways are not wearing a seat belt.

• Designate a sober driver. People are more likely to die in a crash where an impaired driver is involved. In calendar year 2017 in Alabama, 198 people died in 90 crashes with suspected alcohol or drug impairment.

• Slow down. Speeding is the leading contributing factor in fatal crashes on Alabama roads.