More than 47.7 million Americans are expected to hit the roads for the July 4 weekend, a near-full recovery of traffic to pre-pandemic levels, and State Police have some reminders as you join what will be the second-highest Independence Day travel volume on record.
According to AAA, just 2.5 percent fewer Americans are expected to travel this year compared to Independence Day in 2019. That’s an increase of nearly 40 percent compared to last year, when travel fell to 34.2 million.
The RI State Police noted they’ll be joining Rhode Islanders on the road to enforce traffic laws, and urged drivers to help make sure everyone gets where they’re going safely.
- Don’t drink and drive. If you are heading to a holiday event, make a plan to get home safely.
- Buckle up. Drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts at all times, and children must be properly secured in a child safety seat.
- Don’t text and drive. Rhode Island law prohibits the use of handheld cell phones and other devices, and it is illegal to text and drive. Set up your mapping app before you start your car, pay attention to the road and other motorist.
- Allow extra time. More motorists are expected to travel this long holiday weekend, so allow extra time to get to your destination and avoid driving during peak travel periods, when possible.
- Stay alert. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving.
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