Editorial: Travel safely this Fourth of July

Editorial: Travel safely this Fourth of July

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - I blinked and the year is half over. Time to take a deep breath and remember all the things I swore I would do this year and have not.

The Fourth of July is always a big travel weekend. Many will be on the roads headed to the beach or to see family and celebrate our country.

Car travel in Alabama continues to be a risky proposition. This year through June 27 there have been 305 traffic fatalities. That is up 85, or 38 percent, from a year ago. That is a staggering number.

Our roads are not safe. There are several reasons for this. Still way too many are driving or riding without seat belts. If you're talking about Interstates, they are way too crowded with not enough shoulder room. Many of us drive too fast. There are not near enough Troopers on the roads.

The last three that I mentioned could be solved with more funding. I-65 and I-85 are parking lots on busy weekends, and if there is even a fender bender, watch out.

The roads needs to be wider and more troopers need to be out. Speeds would reduce if there was more of a police presence.

State officials have to me mortified by a 38 percent increase in fatalities on our roads while funding for roads and ALEA continue to go down.

So, this weekend whether you are staying close to home or heading to the beach, I pray we are all safe in our travels.

Buckle up, slow down and have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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