DPS says Operation Guardian Angel on I-19 working

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- More cops equals fewer deaths.   That's what the Department of Public Safety is hoping their increased presence on I-19 will do.

Anyone driving I-19 every day may have noticed more cops on the road than in the past.

"What we're trying to do is provide a presence, trying to get people to drive a little safer," said Dave Hopkins from the Department of Public Safety.

Operation Guardian Angel started in late July in response to the increase of fatalities and accidents on I-19

The program has been running for less than 30 days and already cops have made more than 800 stops.

"People slow down and drive safer and see a cop people slow down and pay attention to what they're doing and obey the traffic laws," said Hopkins.

From Tucson to Nogales, cops ramped up their presence so people would slow down and pay more attention to the road.

Their purpose for being out here is to save lives.

"We can't be everywhere at once and we cant keep tires from failing, but just having us out there and driving the speed limit and you, you're less likely to have a serious collision," said Hopkins.

Cops stress that wearing a seat belt is the best way to prevent serious injury and death in crashes.

DPS have ticketed more than 30 people for seat belt violations since the start of Guardian Angel.