During dust storms ADOT says 'Pull aside, stay alive' - Tucson News Now

During dust storms ADOT says 'Pull aside, stay alive'

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Arizona Department of Transportation reminds drivers 'Pull Aside, Stay Alive' during the upcoming monsoon.

This is the third year ADOT is reminding drivers about this program.  Pull aside, stay alive is to educate drivers about the importance of safety during dust storms, which occur during the monsoon season.  For 2014 there are new TV and radio spots issuing the reminders. 

In a new PSA, ADOT is concentrating on the fatal crash that occurred during the 2013 monsoon season along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson; officials are saying the drivers did not heed the pull aside, stay alive message. 

The idea is to provide drivers with valuable information about dust storms, before they get caught in one.  Officials are saying their top tip is to avoid driving into a wall of dust at all costs. 

"Driving into a dust storm is very dangerous, but the key is that oftentimes it can be avoided," said ADOT Director John Halikowski, in a recent release. "Drivers must be ready to alter their plans if there is a threat of a dust storm. It's better to change plans than try to power through dangerous conditions. But if you're on the road and a dust storm suddenly appears near you, pull off the highway as quickly and safely as possible. Never drive through a dust storm. It's not a risk worth taking."

Dust storms can arise rather quickly in the desert along I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson and ADOT officials rely on several methods to get information out to drivers quickly; this includes electronic highway signs, as well as social and traditional media. 

To view these new PSA from ADOT, go online to www.PullAsideStayAlive.org.  The website also provides a tip sheet, which ADOT officials encourage drivers to print and keep in their vehicles. 

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • DCS report provides new details in alleged child abuse case

    DCS report provides new details in alleged child abuse case

    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:18 PM EST2018-02-22 20:18:50 GMT
    Cody Thomas (left) and Anissa Winders (Source: Tucson Police Department)Cody Thomas (left) and Anissa Winders (Source: Tucson Police Department)
    Cody Thomas (left) and Anissa Winders (Source: Tucson Police Department)Cody Thomas (left) and Anissa Winders (Source: Tucson Police Department)

    The report says Anissa Winders was investigated by the Department of Child Safety in April - but there was no evidence of neglect.

    The report says Anissa Winders was investigated by the Department of Child Safety in April - but there was no evidence of neglect.

  • breaking

    Crash restricts traffic on EB I-10 at Avra Valley Road

    Crash restricts traffic on EB I-10 at Avra Valley Road

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:57 PM EST2018-02-22 17:57:47 GMT

    An overturned trailer is blocking eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 at Avra Valley Road. Traffic is getting by on the shoulder, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

    An overturned trailer is blocking eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 at Avra Valley Road. Traffic is getting by on the shoulder, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

  • Crews extinguish fire in Tucson home

    Crews extinguish fire in Tucson home

    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:24 AM EST2018-02-22 15:24:53 GMT
    (Source: Tucson Fire Department)(Source: Tucson Fire Department)

    According to a statement from TFD, it was unclear if the house near East 30th Street and South Craycroft Road was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

    According to a statement from TFD, it was unclear if the house near East 30th Street and South Craycroft Road was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

Powered by Frankly