ADOT reactivates dust storm awareness campaign

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- State transportation officials are reactivating a public awareness campaign as the threat of dangerous dust storms increases with the summer monsoon.

The Department of Transportation says motorists should avoid driving into dust storms in the first place by planning ahead and being prepared to change travel plans.

The driver-safety campaign advises motorists who find themselves in a dust storm to pull off the highway and park in a safe place off the pavement.

Other recommendations include turning off all lights, keeping your foot off the brake and staying in the vehicle while waiting for the storm to pass.

“Driving into a dust storm is dangerous, and oftentimes it can be avoided. This is a message that can’t be emphasized enough,” said ADOT Director John Halikowski. “During monsoon season, drivers and their passengers must do their part by planning ahead if there are threats of a dust storm. It’s better to alter travel plans than to attempt to drive 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. Do not drive through a dust storm. It’s a risk you don’t have to take and remember to never drive distracted.” - See more at: http://www.azdot.gov/CCPartnerships/News/NRel3498.asp#sthash.tRaES7uX.dpuf
“Driving into a dust storm is dangerous, and oftentimes it can be avoided. This is a message that can’t be emphasized enough,” said ADOT Director John Halikowski. “During monsoon season, drivers and their passengers must do their part by planning ahead if there are threats of a dust storm. It’s better to alter travel plans than to attempt to drive 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. Do not drive through a dust storm. It’s a risk you don’t have to take and remember to never drive distracted.” - See more at: http://www.azdot.gov/CCPartnerships/News/NRel3498.asp#sthash.tRaES7uX.dpuf

The campaign's motto is "Pull aside, stay alive." ADOT has more information about the campaign online.

“Driving into a dust storm is dangerous, and oftentimes it can be avoided. This is a message that can’t be emphasized enough,” said ADOT Director John Halikowski. “During monsoon season, drivers and their passengers must do their part by planning ahead if there are threats of a dust storm. It’s better to alter travel plans than to attempt to drive 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. Do not drive through a dust storm. It’s a risk you don’t have to take and remember to never drive distracted.” - See more at: http://www.azdot.gov/CCPartnerships/News/NRel3498.asp#sthash.tRaES7uX.dpu