Fourth means busy beaches, highways

Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 at 07:12 PM.

Fourth of July celebrations, according to AAA, are the day when things get most out of hand for motorists. According to a report from AAA, it is the deadliest driving day of the year with 45 percent of last year’s 22 vehicular deaths coming at the hands of drunk drivers. Angela Daley of AAA Carolina said Fourth of July travel is best when one is best prepared.

"If you’re going to celebrate, plan ahead and make sure you have a designated driver," Daley said.

U.S. 70 is expected to be its busiest in Havelock Wednesday, as many Marines will begin to leave Cherry Point for a long weekend, and Sunday afternoon, when the tourists along the coast all start to head home through Havelock’s main corridor.

Havelock police are urging drivers to use extra caution, especially on July 4 near Havelock City Park as many pedestrians will be walking along and crossing East Main Street for the annual Freedom Festival and fireworks display. 

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