Caltrans, CHP release holiday driving safety tips
— Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are reminding motorists to drive safely this Thanksgiving Day weekend by taking the following steps:
- Obey the posted speed limit and reduce your speed where congestion or hazards may occur. Motorists should maintain a safe distance between their vehicle those in front.
- Slow down and move over when Caltrans workers, law enforcement or tow truck drivers are working near the roadway. The public should call 911 to report any hazardous conditions or impaired driving.
- Be aware of electronic message boards and other road signs with information on incidents, changing road conditions, lane closures or detours.
- Make sure that vehicle brakes, windshield wiper blades, and tires are in good condition and inspect your head and tail lights for maximum visibility on the highway.
- Share the road safely with everyone, especially bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. The Automobile Association of America predicts 55 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home this weekend.
Caltrans and the CHP are prepared to respond to any emergencies that may affect the state highway system.
No roadwork/lane closures are scheduled beginning Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 3 p.m. until Monday, Dec. 2 at 8 a.m.
Due to the Cave Fire in Santa Barbara County, Highway 154 remains closed from State Route 192 in Santa Barbara to State Route 246 near Santa Ynez.
The public may view Caltrans network of roadside traffic cameras at: http://video.dot.ca.qov/ or the statewide highway network for current conditions at: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or the automated California Highway Information Network (CHIN) @ 800-GAS-ROAD. In addition, the CHP has real-time traffic incident information at: http://cad.chp.ca.gov/