DPS Targeting Mouth-Breathers Who Are Too Mesmerized by Fireworks to Drive Properly

If you just can't manage to drive on Loop 202 like a normal human being while a fireworks display is taking place over Tempe Town Lake, the cops have an issue with that.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety announced that cops will be on the 202 tonight, looking for people who are slowing down or stopping on the highway to watch fireworks.

If DPS would look for mouth-breathers slowing down to stare at things all the time, the world would undoubtedly be a better place, but this is a start.

Here's what the press release from DPS says:

Drivers are being reminded that they are not allowed to stop along state highways, including Phoenix-area freeways, to watch fireworks displays on the Fourth of July.

Every year, DPS officers respond to numerous crashes along the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway before and during the Tempe Town Lake fireworks display.

These crashes are caused by motorists slowing or stopping along the Loop 202 freeway to watch the fireworks from Tempe Town Lake. It is extremely important to maintain a constant flow of traffic during this event and for drivers to remain attentive to traffic conditions.

DPS will have numerous patrol cars and motor officers patrolling that particular stretch of freeway looking for motorists who are impeding traffic by either slowing down or stopping on the freeway or the shoulder to watch fireworks. DPS and the Arizona Department of Transportation strongly encourage drivers not to stop or slow before, during or after any fireworks shows that can be seen from any freeway system. Safe driving will help ensure that everyone has a great holiday.

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