DPS officers patrolling every 10 miles of major interstates
Reporter: Corinne Hautala
TUCSON (KGUN9) - The Arizona Department of Public Safety is cracking down this holiday weekend. There will be a Highway Patrol Officer stationed every 10 miles on Arizona’s major interstates.
Highway Patrol Officer Quentin Mehr says the top three offenders officers will look for are speeders, drunk driver and those not wearing their seatbelt.
"The last five fatal crashes in Tucson the victims were not wearing a seatbelt," he explained.
Officer Mehr also said the extra enforcement will not mean overtime pay for officers. In fact, he says it will save money.
"The whole aim of this enforcement is to cut down on collisions, because that can cause taxpayers money. When you have a car colliding with another car insurance goes up. There's damage to the road, there's damage to signs, the guardrail things that the state has to replace and fix," he said.