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ADOT reminds drivers to call 911 to report debris in roadways

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Transportation on Thursday marked the death of a local resident who was killed in a debris-related crash in 2006 by reminding drivers to call 911 to report objects in roadways.

Gov. Doug Ducey proclaimed June 6 as Secure Your Load Day last month in honor of Matthew Reif, whose father worked with multiple agencies to kick off the public awareness campaign.

“Most of us have experienced a scary moment on a freeway when suddenly a ladder or mattress appears on the road in front of our car,” Maricopa Association of Governments Chair and Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney said in a press release.

“Arizonans need to know it is OK to call 911 if that happens.”

The Arizona Department of Public Safety responded to over 1,000 debris-related calls last year, according to the release.

The Maricopa County region has averaged 700 debris-related crashes per year, resulting in 12 fatalities.

“Don’t tweet. Don’t text. Don’t even call the ADOT customer-service line. If you see road debris, consider it an emergency and call 9-1-1, because someone’s life just may depend on it,” ADOT director John Halikowski said in the release.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ali Vetnar contributed to this report. 

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