ADOT to expand dust storm awareness program - Tucson News Now

ADOT to expand dust storm awareness program

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The two-mile stretch near Picacho Peak is described as one of the most dangerous parts of Interstate 10.  The most recent crash, caused by a dust storm, killed three people back in October.

It was a dust storm no one saw coming. That's the thing about dust storms: sometimes they don't always bring a big wall of dust your way; isolated dust storms can happen suddenly. That is why the Arizona Department of Transportation is making a change to its dust storm awareness campaign.

ADOT's "Pull Aside, Stay Alive," campaign usually runs during the monsoon, but this year it will be turned into a year-round campaign. The point is to inform drivers to stay alert throughout the year.

ADOT's Public Information Officer Dustin Krugel says some of the most dangerous dust storms do not happen during the monsoon, just like the deadly crash that happened in October. ADOT is planning to launch the campaign this April. ADOT is expecting to release more information about the expanded campaign in March.

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