Memorial Day During Pandemic
Memorial Day is a day we honor our fallen soldiers who paved the way. With COVID-19, we see how residents are celebrating. Lakenneth Fairley is a PV2 and says he enjoys this holiday more than anything for the sake of the fallen soldiers.
“COVID-19 just makes this day even harder because we’re limited to alot. Limited space, limited contact, you know. But I feel these guidelines are set in place to protect us so it's an understandable reason."
In addition to Memorial Day celebrations, MDOT urges residents to take roadway safety into account as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94% of crashes are caused by human error.
“I really don’t have anything planned this weekend, but oh yeah, I feel there will definitely be a lot of traveling this weekend. Just because we’re in a pandemic, doesn’t mean people are going to stay still. Gas prices have dropped and people want to see their families, especially during this time. Other than the 4th of July, Memorial Day is just one of those holidays where people are more interactive with their peers.”
Due to the holiday weekend, MDOT will not issue permits for oversize and overweight vehicles on all state and all federal highways from Saturday, May 22nd through Tuesday, May 26th. Residents who plan to engage in alcoholic activities are required to have a designated driver.