The statewide highway-safety team, composed 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 this Memorial Day weekend in an effort to target impaired, distracted and other dangerous drivers.
The team’s campaign will kick off on Friday May 22, at 12 p.m. with a media day on the southbound Interstate 17 frontage road between Jomax Road and Dixeleta Road and will end Monday evening on May 25.
The Highway Patrol Division at DPS will continue to measure up to the longstanding motto, “Courteous Vigilance,” as it participates in and conducts 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 assisting stranded motorists on Arizona's highways.
The safety and enforcement operations around the state are as follows:
- Flagstaff, Page and Williams will have increased staffing and hours, DUI saturation patrols, speed-enforcement operations and seat-belt enforcement.
- Holbrook, Show Low, Pinetop and Lakeside will have DUI multi-agency task forces, distracted-driving patrols, speed-enforcement operations and seat-belt enforcement.
- Globe and Payson will have increased staffing and DUI saturation patrols and will focus on preventing collision-causing violations and distracted driving.
- Prescott and Black Canyon City will have increased staffing, and monitoring of the Safety Corridor with ADOT’s assistance along I-17 between milepost 223 to 262. ADOT will be pre-staging heavy equipment at strategic locations along I-17 between Black Canyon City and the Sunset Point rest area. There will also be increased DUI patrol, distracted-driver and seat-belt enforcement.
Phoenix Metropolitan Area
- This area will utilize the West Valley DUI Task Force, East Valley DUI Task Force and increased staffing to conduct speed enforcement.
- Yuma will have increased staffing and DUI saturation patrols. There will also be a 10-mile traffic-safety campaign along I-10 between California/Arizona state line and the Maricopa County line.
- Casa Grande will have increased staffing, utilize the Pinal County DUI Task Force and increased commercial vehicle enforcement patrols.
- Tucson and Green Valley will have increased staffing, utilize the Pima County DUI task force, sobriety check points, speed-enforcement operations and increased commercial vehicle enforcement patrols.
- Sierra Vista, Benson and Safford will have 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 and its partners place high priority on the safe and speedy travel of Arizona motorists especially on holiday weekends when certain citizens may be tempted to drive recklessly or impaired and endanger those around them.