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Arizona Department of Public Safety Warns Drivers Not to Stop or Slow Down on Freeways to Watch Fireworks

Targeted Enforcement on the Loop 202 Freeway and the Loop 101 Freeway in Glendale

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 -

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Drivers are being reminded that they are not allowed to stop along state highways, including Phoenix-area freeways, to watch fireworks displays on the Fourth of July.

Every year, DPS officers respond to numerous crashes along the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway before and during the Tempe Town Lake fireworks display.

These crashes are caused by motorists slowing or stopping along the Loop 202 freeway to watch the fireworks from Tempe Town Lake. It is extremely important to maintain a constant flow of traffic during this event and for drivers to remain attentive to traffic conditions.

DPS will have numerous patrol cars and motor officers patrolling that particular stretch of freeway looking for motorists who are impeding traffic by either slowing down or stopping on the freeway or the shoulder to watch fireworks.

DPS will also be conducting extra enforcement along the Loop 101 freeway in Glendale to ensure motorists do not stop or slow on the freeway to watch the fireworks display planned for the Westgate area.

DPS and the Arizona Department of Transportation strongly encourage drivers not to stop or slow before, during or after any fireworks shows that can be seen from any freeway system. Safe driving will help ensure that everyone has a great holiday.

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.