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DPS and ADOT will be working with the City of Phoenix to provide a safe travel route for all motorists during the funeral processions for Fallen Firefighter Brad Harper and fallen Officer Daryl Raetz

Friday, May 24, 2013 -

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The Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will be working together with the city of Phoenix during the funeral processions for Phoenix Firefighter Brad Harper and Phoenix Police Officer Daryl Raetz. The goal will be to provide for a safe travel route for all motorists.

Specifically, beginning today, May 24, and tomorrow, Saturday, May 25, DPS will be helping ADOT with the temporary closures of the State Route 101 and Interstate 17. ADOT has listed the restrictions on their website and the restrictions are also being broadcast on the overhead freeway signs.

In the event of first responder line-of-duty deaths, there is an overwhelming level of support from not just local agencies, but agencies from across the country. Typically, several thousand people attend the services and then participate in the procession to the interment site.

The road closures will be temporary and are done to ensure the safety of the participants of the processions as well as the motoring public. With such a high volume of vehicles traveling at a slow speed, the closures ensure that there are no incidents involving the processions.

For motorist traveling during the processions, alternative routes such as State Route 51, State Route 303 and other city streets are recommended. These closures will be opened as soon as possible to minimize the impact on the motoring public.

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.