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Arizona officials working to reduce accidents on road to Rocky Point


PHOENIX — Spring break is right around the corner, which means residents from across Arizona are packing their swimsuits, filling their cars and getting ready to hit the road to Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

Puerto Penasco, also known as Rocky Point, is a huge tourist destination for Arizonans — particularly students on Spring Break — because it is a short drive for those looking to catch some rays and lay on the beach.

So in order to keep drivers safer, the Arizona Department of Transportation has teamed up with the Sonoran government to minimize accidents along Route 8 to Rocky Point.

Tom Herrmann, a spokesman with the Arizona Department of Transportation, told KTAR News 92.3 FM the two governments are working together to better prepare first responders and educate drivers on safe driving practices.

The Sonoran government will also launch a safety corridor on March 5.

The corridor will help officials clear the two-lane road after accidents more quickly and attempt to avoid secondary accidents and prolonged road closures.

There will also be safety messages along Route 8 to remind drivers about safe driving issues, Herrmann added.

Herrmann said the idea first came out of a different meeting between transportation and Mexican officials last year.

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