By Paul Schmitt
The July Fourth holiday can be one of the busiest travel periods of the year. The Door County officials along with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Wis-DOT) are asking for drivers to anticipate higher traffic volumes and plan accordingly. Sheriff Steve Delarwelle shares tips on driving safer this week.
Road work on most highway construction projects will be suspended at noon on Tuesday and will resume on Thursday, according to the Wisconsin DOT. You can find other traffic safety reminders with this story below.
Other important traffic safety reminders:
- Before heading out, check the 511 travel information system for the latest on traffic incidents and delays. Consider downloading the free 511 Wisconsin mobile app or follow @511WI on Twitter.
- Posted speed limits apply to ideal travel conditions. Drivers are required to slow to a “reasonable and prudent” speed based on weather and traffic conditions.
- Except for emergencies, it is illegal in Wisconsin for drivers to use a handheld mobile device in work zones. Texting while driving is prohibited at all times.
- The state’s Move Over law requires drivers to slow down or shift lanes when coming upon emergency response vehicles stopped along a roadway with warning lights flashing. This includes police and fire vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles.
- Stopping along a highway and getting out of your vehicle can be dangerous, increasing the chances of being struck by another vehicle. If you become stranded, it’s generally safest to stay buckled up inside your vehicle and call for help.