Safe Driving Tips for Holiday Weekend

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Source: Caltrans

Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are reminding motorists to drive safely during this Fourth of July by taking the following steps:

  • Abide by the posted speed limit and reduce your speed in areas where congestion or hazards may occur.  Motorists should maintain a safe distance between their vehicle and the one in front of them.
  • Slow down and move over when Caltrans workers, law enforcement or tow truck drivers are working near the roadway.  The public is encouraged to call 911 to report any hazardous conditions or impaired driving.
  • Be aware of electronic message boards and other road signs with information on incidents, changing road conditions, lane closures or detours.
  • Make sure that vehicle brakes, windshield wiper blades and tires are in good condition and inspect your head and tail lights for maximum visibility on the highway.
  • Share the road safely with other users, especially bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

The Automobile Association of America predicts 41 million people will travel during this holiday period.

Caltrans and the CHP are prepared to respond to any emergencies that may affect the state highway system.  Caltrans will not impose lane closures from Wednesday, July 3 at 3 pm until Monday morning, July 8 at 8 am.

The public may view Caltrans network of roadside traffic cameras at: http://video.dot.ca.gov/  or the statewide highway network for current conditions at:http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or the automated California Highway Information Network (CHIN) @ 800-GAS-ROAD. In addition, the CHP has real time traffic incident information at: http://cad.chp.ca.gov/  

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