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HP Offers Eclipse Advice
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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 13:54

RALEIGH -- In anticipation of the solar eclipse scheduled to take place on Monday, August 21, the State Highway Patrol is placing an emphasis on safe travel. Due to the expected number of people taking part in the event, roadways across portions of the state will see a significant increase in motorists.

A total solar eclipse will be visible in the western portion of North Carolina, drawing several visitors from surrounding states. Authorities are encouraging onlookers to arrive early for the event in an attempt to decrease the number of vehicles on the roadways at one time.

Safety Tips Prior to and After the Eclipse:

Arrive early to your chosen destination

Expect traffic delays closer to the event’s date

Be patient

Plan alternate routes

Monitor traffic reports on local media/radio broadcast

Have food and water readily available

Remove vehicle from roadway if experiencing mechanical problems

If involved in a collision with no injuries, remove vehicle to the shoulder and wait for authorities

Safety Tips During the Eclipse:

Do not stop on the roadway

Refrain from parking on the shoulder or median portions of the roadway

Use designated parking areas

Do not wear eclipse glasses while driving

Do not drive distracted - Park before attempting to photograph or record the event

Watch for pedestrians along the roadway

Activate headlights

Motorists are requested to avoid calling 911 or *HP(*47) for non-emergency inquiries.

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