Md. officials warn not to park on highway during eclipse

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Maryland transportation authorities are reminding drivers not to park on the highway to watch the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21st. 

Signs have been posted along highways as a friendly reminder to drivers who may be tempted to pull over and watch the eclipse. 

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Maryland Department of Transportation suggests the following tips for people who will be driving during the eclipse:

  • Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the event.
  • Exit the highway to a safe location to view and/or photograph the eclipse.
  • Don’t take photographs while driving – keep your attention on the road ahead.
  • Don’t try to wear opaque eclipse glasses while operating a vehicle.
  • Turn your headlights on -- do not rely on your automatic headlights when the eclipse blocks out the sun.
  • Use extra caution if your travels take you through a work zone during the eclipse.
  • Watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists. People may be randomly parking and walking alongside the roadside during the time of the eclipse to get a good view.
  • Prepare for extra congestion, especially on the interstates the day before, day of and day after the eclipse.
  • Avoid travel during the eclipse or in an area with expected eclipse viewers.

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