JAMESTOWN – Motorists across the area are reminded to buckle up and drive safely as they hit the road to enjoy the long holiday weekend.
According to AAA, traffic volumes nationally have rebounded from 2020 and are expected to remain high through Labor Day.
State leaders announced that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. on Friday, September 3 to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7, to ease travel throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Officials also remind motorists to follow the state’s Move Over Law, which requires motorists to slow down and safely move over for law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks and construction or maintenance vehicles that are stopped along roads across the state.
Text stops, including park-and-ride facilities, rest stops, service areas and parking areas along state highways support the state’s efforts to reduce distracted driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wearing a seat belt in the front seat of a passenger car can reduce the risk of death by 45 percent and reduce the risk of serious injury by 50 percent. Based on NHTSA data, the national seat belt use rate is 90 percent. In New York, the seatbelt compliance rate has remained above 90 percent for the past decade.