As many Americans travel to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to witness the Presidential Inauguration ceremony, keep the following safety tips in mind if you plan on making this journey.
- Plan ahead. You’re going to encounter heavy traffic and very congested roadways. Washington, D.C. sees a great deal of regular tourist traffic during any other time, and the inauguration will amplify it.
- Try to avoid driving yourself into the city, if possible. Many roadways will be closed and blockaded for the day’s events, and traffic will be far more congested than usual. Parking will also be difficult to find. So find another way to commute to D.C. if you can.
- Consider booking accommodations early. Find a comfortable place to rest and relax before and/or after the ceremony and accompanying activities. However, keep in mind that most D.C. hotel rates will be at a high premium, and if you haven’t already made plans, you’re far behind the game!
- Exercise caution with your belongings. You’re going to be in the midst of throngs of crowds during the event, so safeguard your important belongings, such as your wallet, cash, ID, and any other necessities. Avoid keeping these items in your back pockets, or try to wear a jacket with zippered front pockets so you can keep your important items close and mitigate the possibility of having your belongings stolen.
- Be wary of protests. If you’ve followed the election, you probably know that protests at inauguration day are expected. Regardless of your political beliefs or affiliation, avoid potentially violent situations, and don’t engage in any incendiary behaviors.
Have you been hurt on public transportation or injured in a public arena due to someone’s careless, aggressive or negligent actions? You may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries, lost work time and other damages. Get in touch with our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys for a free intake evaluation.
Curious about DC Metro dangers in particular? Read more in this powerful interview in which Patrick Regan Talks Metro Trains in Washingtonian Magazine.