Press Release, Indiana Toll Road:

Today the Indiana Toll Road (ITR), long-term lessee and operator by ITR Concession Company LLC, and the Indiana Department of Transportation Northwest District (INDOT) remind drivers to exercise caution and stay aware during the rare
celestial event.

As the highly anticipated 2024 Total Solar Eclipse approaches, INDOT and ITR urge motorists to be aware of potential hazards on the road. While this event offers a spectacular sight, it may also pose risks to drivers.

During the eclipse, there may be limited visibility on roadways due to the darkening skies. However, it is crucial for motorists to refrain from slowing down, stopping, or pulling over on the road to view the eclipse. Sudden stops or slowdowns can lead to incidents and endanger other drivers.

Plan your route accordingly and consider refueling before the eclipse begins. If motorists want to safely view the event along the Indiana Toll Road, they must park at a travel plaza or commuter lot.

Looking directly at the sun during an eclipse can cause serious eye damage. It is essential to use proper eye protection, such as eclipse glasses, for safe viewing. However, it is important not to wear eclipse glasses while driving, as they can impair vision and lead to incidents. As you travel during the eclipse, be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Avoid distractions and focus on the road to ensure a safe journey. Remember to properly dispose of eclipse glasses after use.

INDOT and ITR are committed to promoting safety and awareness during April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and during the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. By following these guidelines, motorists can enjoy this astronomical event while ensuring their safety and the safety of others on the road.