Be careful out there, especially if you’re driving.
That’s the message of the Nebraska Department of Transportation as a record number of motorists are expected to be on the roads this long Independence Day holiday weekend.
NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis says drivers need to be aware of each other and of construction workers.
“Anytime we approach a holiday weekend, safety has to be top of mind,” Schneweis tells Nebraska Radio Network.
AAA Nebraska expects a record number of motorists on the road during this long Independence Day holiday weekend, spurred mostly because the 4th this year falls on a Tuesday.
Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis says just some simple steps can make for a safe trip.
“And so we encourage all drivers: keep your hands on the wheel, put your phone down, and please put your seat belt on,” Schneweis says.
Schneweis says a number of constructions workers will be out, even on the 4th, as they try to complete projects. He asks motorists to be on the look-out for workers and slow down at construction zones.
“I’m thinking about our workers out there on the roadway,” Schneweis says. “Because it’s on a Tuesday, some of those folks will be out there working. And, so, we need to watch out for them. They’re our friends, our family, and we need to take care of them as we drive through work zones.”
Again, Schneweis says simple steps make a big difference.
“Please, put your phones down, put your seat belt on. It’s the best thing you can do.”