Traffic patrols increasing for Thanksgiving

The Arizona Department of Public Safety announced they’ll be stepping up patrols to hopefully to reduce fatalities from impaired driving, speeding, aggressive driving and lack of seatbelts and car seats. This includes the use of cell phones and other distractions that can turn from the task of driving into a potentially life threatening accident in the blink of an eye.

“In many cases we find people are speeding because they are distracted,” said AZDPS Spokesman Bart Graves.

Between Nov. 23 – 27, drivers may notice a large presence of troopers throughout the state, especially within the holiday safety corridors. The major interstates always have extra eyes, but U.S. 93 between Phoenix and Las Vegas is the major local corridor with the extra volume of traffic.

“Motorists should pay attention to the driving because they’re going to see more of us,” Graves said.

According to AZDPS, during the 2015 Thanksgiving travel period, troopers investigated 149 collisions where a driver was cited for a speed violation and investigated three fatal collisions statewide. In 2014, troopers investigated four fatal collisions during the same period.

Travelers can prepare themselves by reviewing traffic tips, checking road and weather conditions and carrying supplies in case of an emergency. For more information on road closures or traffic delay, check online at For information on weather conditions, go to

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