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Posted on: September 3, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Travel Safety Tips

Jacksonville Police offers the following travel safety tips for motorists navigating the roadways safely during the Labor Day weekend.

- Plan your route and leave early to get a head start on your drive.
- Travel at non-peak hours when possible.
- Stay alert. Even if road work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zones.
- Be patient and obey the posted speed limit. Speeding is the top factor in fatal crashes.
- Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion.
- Stay informed. Real-time travel information is available online and over the phone by dialing 511.
- Don’t drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks.
- Avoid distracted driving. When drivers stop focusing on the road ahead, they react more slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in a crash.

For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

JPD, along with other law enforcement agencies across North Carolina, is participating the 2015 Labor Day NC Governor's Highway Safety Program “Booze It & Lose It”, which has kicked off and runs through September 7th. Last year approximately 2,800 DWI arrests were made during the Labor Day campaign in North Carolina with more than 102,000 traffic and criminal citations issued statewide. Sobriety checkpoints will be set up across the state during this year’s campaign.

Remember, there are more ways than ever to get home if you have been drinking. Call a friend, take a taxi, ride public transportation, designate a sober driver or use a taxi ordering or ridesharing app.

Media Contact: Beth Purcell, 910 581-9909

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