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Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) to detour dangerous drivers during Independence Day holiday weekend

Highway safety will be a top priority for DPS

Thursday, July 3, 2014 -

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Arizona — Statewide DUI enforcement operations are set to commence for the Independence Day holiday weekend. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase staffing levels for the operations and will track down impaired drivers and dangerous drivers alike.

DPS officers will participate in several multi-agency DUI Task Forces, conduct speed enforcement operations, aircraft patrols, seat-belt enforcement, commercial vehicle enforcement patrols, and patrols for stranded motorists throughout Arizona’s highways.

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.

Cooperation and funding from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (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.

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


All Air Rescue bases in Kingman, Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson will be available for public safety response and wild land fire related requests for service.

The Air Support Assisting Patrol (ASAP) team at DPS will utilize one of the agency’s fixed-wing aircraft to patrol over I-17 south of Sunset Point in order to monitor traffic for excessive speed and other traffic incidents related to dangerous driving.

Phoenix Metropolitan Area

The West Valley DUI Task Force and East Valley DUI Task Force will conduct saturation patrols.
Many DPS Officers assigned to the Phoenix area will also be conducting targeted speed enforcement.
In addition, DPS Officers will be aggressively addressing motorists who stop along Valley freeways to view fireworks displays, especially along the Red Mountain 202 Freeway during the Tempe Town Lake fireworks show. These special patrols will be conducted in partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Tempe Police Department.

Northern Arizona

Kingman and Lake Havasu City and Mohave Valley region; increased staffing for DUI saturation patrols.
Flagstaff, Williams, Grand Canyon and Page region; increased staffing for DUI saturation patrols, speed enforcement operations, and local event patrols.

Holbrook and Heber region; DUI multi agency task force and saturation patrols.

Payson, Fountain Hills and Globe region; increased staffing for DUI patrols.

Chino Valley, Camp Verde, Cordes Junction and Cottonwood Region; increased staffing for DUI patrols, and the implementation of the Safety Corridor along I-17 in partnership with ADOT.

Southern Arizona

Yuma and Parker region; increased staffing for 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 for DUI saturation patrols.
Tucson and Nogales region; increased staffing for DUI saturation patrols and Southern Arizona DUI Task Force.

Safford, Siera Vista and Douglas region; increased staffing for DUI saturation and traffic enforcement patrols.

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.