State police warn Arizona drivers to be extra careful this holiday weekend

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PHOENIX (AP) -- State police are warning drivers to be safe this Memorial Day weekend and are hoping to prevent collision deaths.

The Department of Public Safety says nine people died in crashes across Arizona during the Memorial Day weekend last year. The year before that, seven people were killed and in 2008, 17 died in Memorial Day crashes.

DPS says the top causes of collision deaths are fatigue, inattentiveness, drunk driving, lack of seat belts and speeding.

DPS says drivers should make sure to bring water, check their tire tread and air pressure, and make sure to check their gauges.

They also should get plenty of rest before a road trip and make sure to make smart driving decisions.