To assist drivers during the busy July 4 holiday this week, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities that can cause lane closures on major routes across the state. Where it is possible, lanes closed for construction were scheduled to be reopened starting this morning (July 3) and they would remain open through Thursday evening (July 5).
Drivers can check on the route they plan to use in advance by going to www.driveNC.gov, and using the drop-down menus to check a specific route, county or section of the state. Or they can follow NCDOT on Twitter to have travel updates and alerts sent to them. Additional tips for navigating the highways safely during the holiday travel period this week can be seen at www.ncdot.gov.
The July 4 holiday period is also when law enforcement will be cracking down on drinking and driving. The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program started its Operation Firecracker campaign last week, aimed at catching impaired drivers. Thus far in 2018, more than 130 people have lost their lives as a result of alcohol-related crashes in North Carolina.
Sobriety checkpoints will be in place in all 100 counties through Sunday (July 8) in an effort to get drunk drivers off the roadway for their own safety as well as other drivers and passengers. If you are going to drink over the holiday period, the NCDOT and GHSP strongly urge you to call a friend, use a ride-share service or take a cab.