Drivers warned of increased risk on Arizona roads for Memorial Day

ADOT targets 3 AZ roads for Memorial Day weekend
Posted at 3:49 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 02:25:37-04

Local law enforcement agencies are reminding drivers to take extra precautions over Memorial Day weekend.

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Director John Halikowski says deadly crashes are rising in Arizona and across the country.

“We know how to reverse the trend, and it begins with drivers,” Halikowski said. “Most drivers are responsible, but a few selfish ones drive drunk or high, drive like a madman or refuse to put down the phone. If you know a driver like that, please talk with them. When everyone begins making safe decisions behind the wheel, these preventable car-crash deaths will end.”

According to ADOT, five people died in traffic crashes on Arizona roadways in 2017 over Memorial Day weekend.

This year, ADOT and Arizona Department of Public Safety will focus specifically on three high-traffic holiday areas:

  • I-17 (between north Phoenix and Flagstaff)
  • I-10 (between Phoenix and Tucson)
  • State Route 87 (between Mesa and Payson)

Along these areas, ADOT will stage equipment to minimize travel delays by responding to crashes and stalled vehicles faster.

Speed limits will also be lowered along a stretch of I-17 between New River and Sunset Point during peak travel times.