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Two Crashes On Arizona Highways Claim Five Lives Over The Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 -

The Arizona Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Highway Patrol Bureau investigated two collisions involving five fatalities over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

One fatal collision occurred in the Phoenix-metropolitan area when a motorcycle crashed on a highway transition ramp killing both riders.

The second fatal collision occurred on I-40 near milepost 91. Investigators believe the crash occurred due to driver fatigue. Of the four people in the vehicle, two adults and one infant died as a result of the crash. Neither of the two adults killed were wearing seatbelts and the 8-month-old infant was not in the child’s seat at the time of the crash. The driver was properly restrained and survived.

During Nov. 27 through Dec. 1 Highway Patrol units focused on increasing their presence along Arizona’s highways. The main focus for the Highway Patrol was to deter unsafe driving by enforcing violations related to seatbelt usage, speed, impairment and overall dangerous driving behaviors.

Statewide, the Highway Patrol investigated 98 injury collisions and 212 non injury collisions, during the same time period.

Along the I-17 safety Corridor, four-non injury collisions and one injury collision were investigated. In 2012, during the same period, five non-injury and one injury collisions occurred.

Along I-40, eight non-injury collisions, five injury collisions and one fatal collision were investigated. In 2012, during the same period, 12 non-injury and one injury collisions occurred.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety reminds drivers to obtain sufficient rest and to drive responsibly with regards to others while carefully abiding by all traffic laws.