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Arizona Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol to increase speed enforcement due to the U.S. 89 closure

Stepped-up enforcement efforts will take place today (Aug. 9) and Sunday (Aug. 11)

Friday, August 9, 2013 -

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Earlier this year, a major section of U.S. 89 near Page collapsed. As a result, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has been working to rebuild the highway but that will prove to be a lengthy process. In meantime, motorists have had to use alternative routes including U.S. 160 between U.S. 89 and State Route 98.

The amount of traffic in the area has greatly increased due to the U.S. 89 closure. Thanks to funding from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, DPS highway patrol officers, with the assistance of the DPS Aviation Unit, will be doing targeted speed enforcement all day Friday, Aug. 9 and again on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Speed is a primary factor in most serious injury and fatal collisions. Highway Patrol officers will be taking a proactive approach to slow drivers down by issuing moving violations. With increasing traffic, drivers sometimes are less patient. Officers will be looking for reckless driving behavior as well as distracted and impaired drivers.

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.