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High Winds Expected Throughout The State Today, Monday, April 8, 2013

Blowing Dust May be Present on Roadways, Use Caution

Monday, April 8, 2013 -

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With the high wind advisories issued by the National Weather Service, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) would like to alert drivers that they may experience blowing dust on the roadways. Dust storms can develop rapidly and are quick moving. If you must travel, make sure to monitor local news stations and weather forecasts prior to starting your trip. is a great resource for up-to-the-minute road conditions and restrictions.

DPS and the Arizona Department of Transportation recommend the following should you encounter a dust storm:

  • Avoid driving into or through a dust storm.
  • Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway — do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.
  • If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
  • Do not stop in the roadway, pull completely out of the travel lanes and as far into the right shoulder as possible.
  • Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from where other vehicles may travel.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.
  • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
  • Stay in the vehicle with your seat belts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
  • Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.

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.