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Arizona highway safety team DPS, GOHS and ADOT will track down impaired and distracted drivers throughout the Memorial holiday weekend

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 -

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State-wide, the highway safety team, compromised of the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will combine resources and target impaired, distracted and other dangerous drivers.

The team’s campaign will kick off on Friday May 23, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. with a media day at Sunset Point on I-17; the campaign will end early Tuesday on May 27.

The Highway Patrol Division at DPS will continue to measure up to our long-standing motto, “Courteous Vigilance,” as we participate in and, or conduct 30 independent DUI task forces, DUI saturation Patrols, speed enforcement operations, distracted driver patrols, sobriety check points, seat-belt enforcement, commercial vehicle enforcement patrols and patrolling Arizona’s highways for stranded motorists.

The safety and enforcement operations around the state are as follows:

Northern Arizona

Kingman region; increased staffing and DUI saturation patrols

Flagstaff, Page and Williams regions; increased staffing and hours, DUI saturation patrols, speed enforcement operations, and local event patrols.

Holbrook, Show Low, Pinetop, and Lakeside regions; DUI multi agency task force.

Globe and Payson regions; increased staffing and DUI saturation patrols.

Prescott and Black Canyon City regions; increased staffing, and the implementation of the Safety Corridor along I-17 between milepost 223 to 262, with the assistance of ADOT. ADOT will be pre-staging heavy equipment at strategic locations along I-17 between Black Canyon City and the Sunset Point rest area. Increased commercial vehicle patrols.

Phoenix Metropolitan Area

West Valley DUI task force, East Valley DUI task force and increased staffing.
Southern Arizona

Yuma region; increased staffing and DUI saturation patrols. 10 mile traffic safety campaign along I-10 between California / Arizona state line and the Maricopa County line.

Casa Grande region; increased staffing and Pinal County DUI task force and increased commercial vehicle enforcement patrols.

Tucson and Green Valley regions: increased staffing, Pima County DUI task force, sobriety check point, and speed enforcement operations and increased commercial vehicle enforcement patrols.

Sierra Vista, Benson and Safford regions; increased staffing, DUI task force and saturation patrols, distracted driver patrols, speed enforcement operations, and seat-belt enforcement.

Cooperation and funding from GOHS helps to cover costs associated with specialty DUI equipment, training, overtime funding, air craft patrols, enforcement campaigns, vehicles, and other law enforcement related equipment.

DPS wants the public to take part in making our roadways safer by quickly calling 911 to report ANY dangerous driving behavior in order to prevent deadly crashes.

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.