This week, Arizona motorists will see new signage designating segments of some state highways as “Safety Corridors”. By the end of December, motorists may also notice an increased law enforcement presence in these areas.
Safety Corridors are highway segments that have recorded more crashes, injuries, and deaths than would ordinarily be expected. Over the next two months, the Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Public Safety and Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will implement four Safety Corridors in Arizona aiming to reduce crashes, severe injuries and traffic fatalities.
These segments were selected because they have higher-than-average instances of speeding, aggressive driving, impaired driving and lack of seatbelt use. Those are the leading factors in traffic deaths, and decreasing their occurrence makes the roads safer for everyone.
Motorists will see new signs signaling they are entering and leaving a Safety Corridor, as well as signs that alert drivers that there will be zero tolerance for violations in a corridor.
There will be strict enforcement of driving laws with zero tolerance for violations. If drivers obey the speed limit and other laws, there will be fewer crashes.
The Safety Corridors will launch in two phases, with each including an urban and rural segment. Sign installation in the first phase begins today, Monday, Dec. 12, and will be completed by Dec. 20. Work on the second phase is scheduled to begin and be completed in January 2017.
Interstate 10 (urban): Four miles from the I-17 Stack to SR 51/Loop 202 Red Mountain Mini-Stack (mileposts 143-147)
Interstate 10 (rural): Twenty-three miles from Loop 202 Santan Freeway to State Route 187 (mileposts 162-185)
US 60 (urban): Thirteen miles from Loop 101 Price Freeway to Loop 202 (mileposts 177-190)
Interstate 40 (rural): Twenty-three miles from Kingman east to US 93 (mileposts 49-72)
A grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety helped support establishing these Safety Corridors.
The Safety Corridors are intended to make traveling safer for everyone. While they certainly will help, there is no guaranty of safety.
Arizona’s position: If you already obey driving laws, you have nothing to worry about and can enjoy safe travel. That is just not true.
While doing something is better than nothing, merely posting a few signs will have little impact on safety. The I-10 section of Phase One has seen many deaths from crossover crashes because the State refuses to install median barriers—even though the State’s own experts admit that median barriers are 95% effective in preventing these crashes.
Signs are nice, but signs will not prevent these catastrophic crashes from occurring.