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Tips for driving safely during the solar eclipse

AAA and ODOT are concerned about what's considered the biggest driving distraction event of the year: Monday's solar eclipse. (Courtesy: NASA)

AAA and ODOT are concerned about what's considered the biggest driving distraction event of the year: Monday's solar eclipse.

As a truck driver, when the day turns to night on Monday, Mike Oakley will be making deliveries. He'll be out on the road and says he's a little worried about what other drivers might do. So, he says he'll be on high alert.

"You just have to play it safe and watch what the other drivers are doing," he said.

AAA hopes what they're doing is keeping an eye on the roadway and not the eclipse. It sounds like common sense, but according to Kimberly Schwind with AAA, she says they are expecting accidents because of distracted drivers.

"We're really concerned people will be distracted, trying to take a look at it, taking pictures and not paying attention to the roadway, " she said.

ODOT is concerned too. It's taking preventative measures to keep employees safe.

"In some parts of the state, we're actually pulling our ODOT crews off of the roadway, typically workers who would be doing maintenance projects. We're pulling them to keep our people safe, " said ODOT spokesman Matt Bruning.

If you do want to watch the eclipse with your solar glasses, remember to pull over. Not on the side of the road, but pull over to a safe place such as a parking lot, said Bruning.



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