On Monday, August 21st, North America will experience the Great American Total Solar Eclipse. A total eclipse is when the moon completely covers the sun and the sun’s corona (its tenuous atmosphere) can be seen. The eclipse’s path will run from Salem Oregon all the way to Charleston, South Carolina. Here in the Carolinas, the eclipse will begin at 1:13 pm and the sun will be completely obscured at 2:43 pm.
Law Enforcement Issues Safety Reminders
An exciting event, to be sure, but also one which will bring many people outdoors and travel to areas where they hope will give them optimum visibility of the eclipse. Because of the anticipated number of people who may be driving to those destinations, the State Highway Patrol has issued a reminder for motorists to focus on safe driving for the event, especially in the western part of the state, where the total eclipse will be visible.
Police ask that all drivers follow the following safety rules as the head to and from their viewing destinations:
- Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination. Expect traffic delays and be patient when you do encounter heavy traffic areas;
- Listen to local traffic reports to determine if there are any delays. Consider planning alternate routes to your destination;
- If you encounter mechanical issues with your vehicle, make sure to move the vehicle completely off the roadway; and
- If you are in a crash, pull the vehicle to the shoulder of the road and contact law enforcement.
Police also want to remind motorists that there are steps you should take if you are driving during the eclipse:
- Turn on your headlights;
- Watch out for pedestrians;
- Do not stop on the road, the shoulder of the road, or anywhere on the median to watch the eclipse. Drive to designated parking areas;
- Do not wear eclipse glasses while driving; and
- Do not attempt to take photos or video the eclipse while you are driving.
Contact a North Carolina Accident Attorney
Unfortunately, no matter how many precautions we may take when we get into our vehicles, there are other drivers on the road fail to follow safe driving behaviors. If you are injured in a collision caused by another driver, contact an experienced North Carolina car accident attorney to find out what legal options you may have against the other driver.