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Arizona Highway Patrol set to increase its presence during the Labor Day Weekend

The main focus will be DUI, Speed, Aggressive Drivers, and Restraint Use

Thursday, August 28, 2014 -

During the Labor Day weekend, travelers will see an increased presence of Highway Patrol Officers across the state. The Highway Patrol Division developed a statewide campaign aimed to save lives by enforcing state laws and removing DUI drivers. Several of the operations across Arizona are funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Northern Arizona

The northern patrol bureau will have full staffing during the Labor Day Weekend. In addition to the regularly scheduled officers, there will be additional aviation speed enforcement details and several DUI saturation patrols.

The Highway Patrol will also be part of the Safety Corridor along I-17 between Black Canyon City and Cordes Junction. The purpose of this partnership between the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), and various fire departments along that portion of I-17 is to quickly respond to and remove blocking crashes. This will ensure the best response time and minimize the traffic impact in the area.

Metro Phoenix

Along with regular patrol officers, Highway Patrol officers will be participating in two DUI details in the east and west valley. There will also be designated speed details focusing on known criminal speeding locations.

Southern Arizona

The southern patrol bureau will be conducting a 10-mile detail focusing on maintaining a constant presence along our highways to deter fatigued drivers as well as decrease response times. By positioning officers across the entire southern half of the state, we will be able to quickly respond to crashes and constantly enforce state laws. Officers will also be participating in DUI saturation patrols along with other agencies.

The Department of Public Safety and its highway patrol officers will continue to be vigilant in protecting the lives of travelers along our highway system.