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Results From Traffic Safety Campaigns On Arizona Highways Over Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, September 05, 2013 -

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) partnered with various local and out-of-state law enforcement agencies and other groups by implementing three expansive traffic safety campaigns over the 2013 Labor Day weekend.

During the I-17 “Safety Corridor” campaign, DPS Highway Patrol units investigated 11 non-injury collisions and one injury collision. In spite of the heavy rains received on this stretch
of I-17, injury collisions were reduced from last year. DPS also apprehended and arrested a wrong-way driver on Labor Day morning.

An afternoon rainstorm on Friday, August 30, 2013, caused a mudslide southbound on I-17 near Bumble Bee. As part of the I-17 “Safety Corridor” logistical preparation, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) had strategically placed front loaders in anticipation of incidents which could affect traffic. Due to this pre-staged equipment, ADOT was able to clear the roadway expeditiously and safely.

The ADOT also used its overhead and portable message boards to alert travelers with the words “Safety Corridor – Stay Alert, Stay Alive,” and “Buckle Up.” Drivers were also encouraged to move minor collisions out of the traffic lanes if they were blocking.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety extends its gratitude to The Arizona Department of Transportation, The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, The Black Canyon City Fire Department, The Arizona Department of Health Services, and The Daisy Mountain Fire Department for their concentrated efforts on public safety during the campaign.

The “10-8 on I-10: One Road, One Mission” campaign was also implemented by DPS in conjunction with other groups and highway patrol agencies throughout the nation along the Interstate 10 corridor. During that Labor Day weekend campaign 838 traffic stops were conducted and 12 arrests were made (nine of which were for DUI). Four Move Over citations were also issued along with 40 seatbelt citations, 392 speed citations, and four collisions were investigated.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety also extends it’s gratitude to The California, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida Highway Patrol Departments for working together with Arizona in helping to improve public safety along the Interstate 10 corridor during Labor Day Weekend travel.

Statewide, DPS Highway Patrol units investigated 167 non-injury collisions, 58 injury collisions, and four fatal injury collisions. Also, 6,692 traffic stops were conducted, 36 designated drivers were contacted, 80 DUI arrests were made, 328 seatbelt citations were issued, 54 child restraint citations were issued, and two minors were cited for alcohol consumption.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety encourages motorists to carefully prepare for their trips by carrying water and appropriate supplies, obtain sufficient rest, conduct a pre-trip vehicle inspection, and most importantly to drive with due regard for fellow travelers while carefully observing all traffic laws.