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DPS URGES CAUTION TO THOSE WISHING TO TRAVEL NORTH

MOTORISTS SHOULD NOT STOP ALONG THE HIGHWAY TO PLAY IN THE SNOW!

Thursday, December 10, 2009 -

With the new fallen snow in the High Country many people will be traveling to see and experience the new winter wonderland. The Arizona Department of Public Safety urges motorists to avoid stopping along the side of the Interstate or Highway for non-emergency purposes, such as playing in the snow.

This is dangerous and potentially deadly. Vehicles traveling too fast in snow conditions may slide uncontrolled off of the roadway. Parking along the roadways prevents snowplows from clearing roads and restricting traffic including emergency vehicles. Motorists may also become stuck after pulling off of the roadway which can be costly, requiring a tow truck to respond to pull the motorist out. Travelers can locate appropriate parks and other areas to enjoy the new snow fall away from busy highways.

Visitors wanting to play in the snow in the Flagstaff area are asked to contact the Flagstaff Visitor’s Center at (928) 774-9541 or (800) 842-7293 or visit their web site at “http://flagstaffarizona.org” to get the most current and up to date information along with a map and guide to the local snowplay recreational areas. Keep in mind that snowplay areas fill up very quickly, so plan your trip accordingly

The popular snow play area, Cinch Hook gravel pit, located on State Highway 87 and Highway 260 junction, north of Payson is closed to entry for all visitors, including snowplay, for the entire winter season of 2009-2010. According to the U.S. Forest Service, problems with trash, sanitation, vandalism, and safe use of the area have prompted the closure for public health and safety. Highways 87 and 260 are posted for no parking in the vicinity of Cinch Hook pit. Illegal parking along these state highways creates bottlenecks and very dangerous traffic conditions for everyone in the area. In addition, DPS is taking a no tolerance approach to vehicles being parked illegally along these state highways along with others.

The following links are to each of Arizona’s six national forests which provide more detailed information on snowplay, Christmas tree cutting and other recreational activities.

Apache-Sitgraves: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/recreation/winter_act.shtml

Coronado: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/recreation/winter_activities/winter.shtml

Coconino: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/

Kaibab: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/kai/

Prescott: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott/

Tonto: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto/home.shtml


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