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Arizona Department of Public Safety will conduct heightened enforcement to keep highways safe during the Memorial Day Weekend

Heightened enforcement during Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 28, 2010 -

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In 2008 and 2009 during the long Memorial Day weekend, 23 people lost their lives in a total of 19 collisions across Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) has developed a list of several of the top causes of collisions.

Impaired Driving – If you are planning on drinking this holiday make sure you have a designated driver or plan to call a cab. Once you start drinking your ability to make sound judgments decreases with each drink. Impaired driving extends beyond just the consumption of alcohol. Never use illegal drugs or drive while taking prescription drugs that may impair your driving ability.

Safety Belts – A safety belt will ensure that you stop with your car. Without it, you may end up being thrown from the vehicle if you are involved in a collision. Reminder: The “Click it or Ticket” campaign will continue statewide and will aggressively target seatbelt violations and child restraint violations.

Speeding – Speeding greatly increases the chances of a collision and reduces the amount of time to avoid one. Following the speed limits will decrease the chances of serious injury or death in a collision.

Yield to Emergency Vehicles – This is known as the “Move Over” law and calls for motorists to safely merge to an adjacent lane when law enforcement or other first responders are stopped near or on the road. If it is not possible for the driver to move into the adjacent lane the law calls for the driver to reduce his or her speed and proceed with extreme caution.

Attentiveness/Fatigue – Make sure your calls and text messages have been made before your drive. If your phone rings let it go to voicemail and call the person back when you have reached your destination or stop at a safe location away from the highway. Make sure you are well rested before getting behind the wheel.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.