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Stay Safe Over the July 4 Holiday in Virginia

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Stay Safe Over the July 4 Holiday in Virginia

The July 4 Holiday is traditionally one of the most dangerous on the highways of Virginia.

The holiday sees thousands more motorists on the roads of the Commonwealth. In Norfolk, the situation may be exacerbated by the opening of a new retail outlet.

Virginia Department of Transportation said it will add extra Safety Service Patrols to the interstates to get ready for holiday travelers and the influx of drivers who are expected in Norfolk.

Take car over the July 4 holiday

Take car over the July 4 holiday

VDOT confirmed it will suspend lane closures and work zones on interstates and other major roads in the state from noon on Monday, July 3 until the same time on July 5.

VDOT said in a press release the interest generated by the opening of the new retail establishment, as well as entertainment and attractions associated with the grand opening weekend, are likely to have traffic impacts in the vicinity of Northampton Boulevard near I-64 in Norfolk.

“Area roadways and interstates will be closely monitored through VDOT’s Traffic Operations Center on Reon Drive in Virginia Beach,” VDOT stated.

Road deaths in Virginia often hit double figures over the July 4 holiday. However, in recent years, the fatalities have fallen.

In 2015, Virginia State Police noted deaths on the roads fell to four in three days, the lowest number since 2002.

A report on 24/7 Wall Street in 2013 picked up National Safety Council (NSC) statistics that suggested Independence Day was the most deadly holiday on the highways of America.

However, other studies have pointed to Memorial Day and Labor Day. In the summer the roads can be more dangerous because more people are consuming alcohol and driving.

If you are heading out on the roads over the holiday period, please don’t drink alcohol and drive and leave plenty of time for your road trip. Don’t be impatient.

VDOT said motorists should remain alert to overhead messages and not drive distracted. They are advised to plan their commute by using VDOT’s free traffic information tools:

They should:

  • Download the 511 smartphone app
  • Visit the511Virginiawebsite or dial 511 for traffic information on your phone
  • Listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680AM
  • Call the Traffic Line at 757-361-3016.

If you or a loved one is injured in a wreck over the holiday caused by another driver, please call our Virginia car accident injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

Mike Snellings

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