The Arizona Monsoon Season is rapidly approaching. Beginning in 2008, the National Weather Service established June 15 as the first day and September 30 as the last day of the official monsoon season. During this period, Arizona experiences more severe weather than many other states. The Prescott Valley Police Department would like to remind our citizens of some important road safety tips to be observed during this time.
GO SLOW AND ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SEATBELT: The road conditions may make traveling the posted speed limit unsafe. If it is a very rainy day, water may pool on the roads, which could cause you to hydroplane if traveling too fast.
GIVE OTHER DRIVERS SPACE: It is important to leave plenty of room between your vehicle and other vehicles during inclement weather. Road conditions may affect your ability to stop quickly.
TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. Never enter an area that has been barricaded due to flooding. It is against the law and very dangerous. If a driver needs to be rescued from a flooded wash that has posted warning signs, that driver may be held responsible for the cost of the rescue under Arizona’s “Stupid Motorist Law.”
TURN YOUR HEADLIGHTS ON. You want to make sure that not only are you seeing all that you can, but that other drivers can see you, especially with diminished visibility.
PULL ASIDE, STAY ALIVE: Often monsoons bring heavy winds before the rain, which could result in a dust storm. Make sure that you keep a strong grip on your vehicle to avoid swerving. If you are unable to avoid the dust storm, pull as far off to the right side of the road as possible, not on the roadway or shoulder area. Turn off your lights and your engine. Keep your foot off the brake pedal and wait for the storm to pass. If other drivers see your brake lights, they may assume you are on the road.
Remember to be a patient and courteous driver. Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.