PHOENIX—For the first time in five years the Arizona Department of Public Safety has announced no traffic fatalities happened during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

Statistics provided show there were five deaths in 2014; four deaths in 2015; three in 2016 and six in 2017.

“Every year we strive to have zero highway fatalities during any major holiday weekend. This past Thanksgiving weekend we managed to achieve this goal in large measure through the great work involving the women and men of the Department who patrolled our state highways, the Govenor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Arizona Department of Transportation,” said Col. Frank Milstead, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. “However, the greatest factor in this success was the support of the public who heard the message about traffic safety and drove with due care.”

AZDPS attributes the success to the combined efforts of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Arizona Department of Transportation, AZDPS and most of all the public.