Low gas prices and warm weather often prompt drivers to get out on road trips in the summer months. This can make for increased traffic, more accidents, and larger numbers of driving-related offenses. Officials would like to remind drivers to be vigilant, careful and aware as they hit the roads this summer.
The Fourth of July weekend is one of the most heavily patrolled weekends of the year. For this reason, Arizona traffic and public safety officials want to remind motorists that officers from around the state will be patrolling heavily for drunk drivers during the Fourth of July and the rest of the summer.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety stated that about 25 percent of all DUI arrests made by DUI task forces across the state last year occurred during designated holiday periods of increased enforcement. Additionally, more than 500 arrests were made during Independence Day weekend for driving-related infractions.
According to Arizona public safety officials, “Each holiday weekend we know that 300 to 400 Arizonans will be arrested for driving impaired, yet every year we arrest 300 to 400 more,” one official said. “We also know that this weekend a number of Arizonans will be killed on Arizona highways that have failed to buckle their seat belts, they’ll drive impaired (or) they’ll be a victim of aggressive driving.”
Some additional tactics being employed during the summer months are DUI checkpoints and “safety corridors.” Each of these tactics will funnel drivers from high traffic areas into narrower spaces where resources from multiple departments are concentrated for quicker deployment and more efficient reactions.
One of the newest tools to combat driving infractions is fleet of patrol cars with special graphics that make patrolling officers harder to see. The primary goal of these new vehicles is to combat preventable collisions and keep drivers safe.
The special “ghost graphics” are designed blend into the exterior color of the cars and reflect brighter when illuminated with light. Officials claim that the new designs will allow officers to catch more drunk drivers. But they designs are also intended to act as conversation starters to help the public become more educated about DPS.
Officials do caution that even with the new cars and specially targeted techniques, reducing or eliminating drunk driving is ultimately up to the public. Individuals need to understand that their behavior does not just impact themselves when they get into their vehicle. Improper, illegal or dangerous driving can affect many other drivers on the road, so drivers should use caution and good judgment at all times.
Experts say that the best way to stay safe when driving is to drive defensively, be prepared and be aware of what is going on around you at all times. It is also recommended that drivers ensure that they always have supplies like food, water, medications and cell phones in case of emergencies. Finally, never drive if you have been drinking and call the police immediately if you see another driver on the road that you suspect has been drinking.
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