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Tips for driving during the solar eclipse

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The Illinois State Police and Missouri Department of Transportation have some tips drivers should be aware of when the solar eclipse occurs on Monday.

The agencies are warning people not to drive with their viewing glasses on, don’t take pictures behind the wheel, watch for pedestrians and manually turn on headlights when darkness fills the sky on Aug. 21.

Although discouraged, it is expected that people will be parking and walking along the roadways watching and waiting for the solar eclipse.

“Leave home or your hotel in plenty of time to get in a safe position away from traffic to stand or sit and watch the solar eclipse,” Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye said. “We don’t want people stopping in the roadways because it can create a lot of havoc and car accidents.”

MoDOT will be monitoring traffic from their control centers the weekend before the eclipse, the day of and the day after. They expect large amounts of traffic in the St. Louis area on all of those days. 

“Estimates range anywhere from 300,000 to 1.2 million,” said Linda Wilson Horn with MoDOT Communications. 

Emergency responders are struggling to know exactly how to prepare for the eclipse but are doing their best to plan for the influx of people in the area. 

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