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Slow Down! Arizona Installs 1st Permanent Safety Corridors

Safety Corridor Sign
(Photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Transportation)
Safety Corridor Sign ready to be hung over I-10

You might want turn on your cruise control. The state’s first permanent Safety Corridors are being installed, and speeding will not be tolerated. 

The Arizona Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety are working together to enforce the new “Zero Tolerance For Violation” Zones along the I-10.

ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel said drivers are going to see more officers and strict enforcement of driving laws by DPS in those areas. 

“DPS is working with us, and there will be zero tolerance for violations in safety corridors,” he said. “But we just want drivers to know, this is an area where there has been a problem with driver behavior, and we’re looking to change things.”

Motorists will see new signs signaling they are entering and leaving a Safety Corridor. The corridors will be the 4 miles of I-10 from the I-17 stack to State Route 51/Loop 202 Red Mountain mini-stack. As well as the 23 miles of I-10 from Loop 202 Santan Freeway to State Route 187. 

These locations were selected because of their higher-than-average instances of speeding, aggressive driving, impaired driving and lack of seat belt use.


Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."