Eight Arizona DPS Highway Patrol officers, working in conjunction with a DPS fixed-wing aircraft and crew, conducted 71 traffic stops in a 9.5 hour period on February 25th along Interstate 10 and February 26th along State Route 95 north of Parker.
Among the 71 traffic stops, 65 were initiated and directed by the crew aboard the DPS fixed-wing aircraft. During the traffic stops, officers issued 48 speed citations, 10 hazardous citations, and two child restraint citations. Officers arrested one driver for driving under the influence, and one driver on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
All of the speeders stopped on Interstate 10 traveled up to 23 mph over the 75 mph posted speed limit. The highest average speed of one of the cited motorists was 98 mph. All of the speeders stopped on State Route 95 were traveling up to 22 mph over the 45 mph posted speed limit. The highest average speed of one of the cited motorists was 67 mph.
DPS says the traffic enforcement operation was conducted in an effort to save lives, and says the agency is planning more of these targeted traffic enforcement operations in an effort to get motorists to pay more attention to their driving. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) supported the traffic safety program.