DPS: No deaths in Arizona highway accidents over Thanksgiving weekend
PHOENIX – While there were accidents and traffic jams over Thanksgiving weekend, not a single life was lost on Arizona’s highways between Wednesday and Sunday.
Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Col. Frank Milstead tweeted the good news, along with a thank you to the state, Monday night.
Thank You Arizona!!! During the holiday weekend travel @Arizona_DPS ‘s ask was simple, yet complicated. Slow down, buckle up, don’t drive impaired and pack some humor and patience. It worked we had no fatalities this year Wed-Sun
2014 – 5
2015 – 4
2016 – 3
2017 – 6
2018 – 0
— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) November 27, 2018
According to Milstead’s tweet, at least three people were killed in highway accidents in each of the previous four years.
The statistics he provided went back only to 2014 and covered state and federal highways patrolled by DPS troopers.
In 2017, there were six deaths on Arizona’s highways.
The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety hasn’t yet released its report on DUI arrests made during the holiday weekend.
Over the 2017 Thanksgiving weekend, Arizona law enforcement officials made 377 DUI arrests, up from 333 the previous year.