UPDATE: One lane of U.S. 60 west of Superior reopens after crash

U.S. Highway 60 west of Superior has one lane open after a crash at milepost 224, according to an e-mail from the Arizona Department of Transportation sent shortly after noon today, July 19. Traffic will alternate in the westbound lane to get by the crash site. There is no estimate for when the eastbound lane will […]

Arizona DPS launches new seat belt campaign

Troopers statewide will once again educate drivers about the importance of seat belt usage with the help of a $40,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Arizona Department of Public Safety will utilize the funding to enhance the seat belt program throughout 2016 by conducting saturation patrols, added manpower and participation in local and national campaigns such as “Buckle Up Arizona, It’s the Law” and “Click it or Ticket,” according to a press release.

“Fatalities are up on state and federal highways throughout the state. Many of these deaths could’ve been prevented had seat belts been used. Thanks to GOHS we will continue to educate the traveling public on this life saving device,” Col. Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said in the release.

In 2015, DPS issued 3,162 citations for child safety seat violations. Ninety-nine child restraint warnings were issued. In addition, 18,977 seat-belt citations were given out with 408 seat-belt warnings.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity, ensuring highway and public safety.

State troopers investigating hit-and-run on U.S. 60, Higley

A 22-year-old woman from Apache Junction was seriously injured in a crash that occurred at 12:25 p.m. Oct. 9 on eastbound U.S. Highway 60 at Higley. State troopers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety said in a press release that a blue Cadillac Escalade entered the freeway from the eastbound on-ramp at Greenfield and made an unsafe lane change, cutting off the vehicle driven by the victim.

The victim’s vehicle allegedly veered into and struck a truck hauling lumber then rolled. The victim was taken to Chandler Regional Hospital where she remains in critical condition, according to a DPS press release.

Troopers say the driver of the Cadillac sports utility vehicle pulled off onto the shoulder of the freeway following the collision but left the scene before troopers arrived.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run vehicle, its driver and/or this incident is encouraged to call the DPS Duty Office as soon as possible at 602-223-2212.

Alert citizen helps catch Amber Alert suspect

  A San Tan Valley mother and her four children are safe after a man saw an Amber Alert on a mobile app and reported seeing the suspect’s vehicle to police. The Arizona Department of Public Safety issued an Amber Alert for four kids who had been abducted from San Tan Valley about 8:40 p.m. […]