Governor Doug Ducey announced his budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and it is with great appreciation to review his recommendations for additional funding provided in support of public safety. The Governor’s budget provides funding to combat the opioid crisis, expand DPS Night Watch operations to respond to wrong way drivers, and increase patrol coverage in Southern Arizona.
Wrong-way drivers are a nationwide problem, and happen all too often in Arizona. During 2017, there were over 1,700 wrong-way drivers reported in Arizona. The Governor’s budget recommends $1.4 million to expand DPS Night Watch operations in the Phoenix area to 50 troopers. Additional troopers will increase coverage to more quickly respond to reports of wrong-way drivers, or other dangerous driving reports, within the Phoenix area.
However, the best resource to stop a wrong-way driver starts with you, the public. Most wrong-way drivers are impaired drivers; if you, or someone you know, have been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel. We are just days into 2018 and DPS troopers have already intercepted and arrested three wrong way drivers on Arizona highways suspected of impairment.Read More>>
on 12/9/18 at 2000 hours, Debra Dehart left her residence, in her Silver 2019 Kia 4D SW with AZ temporary plate B055693. She failed to return home. She suffers from Dementia. If located please contact Prescott Valley PD at 928-772-9267.
On Sunday, December 9th, 2018, at about 5:00 p.m., Pedro while waiting in line to cross from San Luis, Mexico, to San Luis, Arizona, exited the vehicle and left walking. Pedro crossed the San Luis Port of Entry on the same date, at about 8:20 p.m. and has not been seen since.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety will host a media availability with Sgt. Paul Damgaard, whose actions on November 17, 2018, likely saved the lives of other motorists before his patrol vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 40 near Flagstaff.