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

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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. 

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