- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - State officials don’t want a repeat of the death toll from last year’s Thanksgiving weekend and are urging motorists to be patient while traveling.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says last year’s Thanksgiving weekend was the deadliest in the past decade, with 18 people killed in crashes on state highways and local roads. Of those killed, six died in crashes involving impaired drivers.

ADOT, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety urge drivers to buckle up and avoid distractions, especially texting while driving, and to not speed.

ADOT says it’s not scheduling any construction-related closures over the holiday weekend and that motorists will see messages on electronic signs about slowing down and driving sober.

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