In a minor crash? Move your car out of travel lanes

Arizona marks National Traffic Incident Management Awareness Week

PHOENIX – If you have the misfortune to be involved in a non-injury fender bender on a freeway, do not leave your car stopped in travel lanes, while you circle the vehicle taking photos of dents and dings from dozens of angles and waiting for a forensics team to arrive and piece together the cause of the collision.

If you find yourself in this situation move your vehicle to the shoulder where you can safely exchange information with the other driver, inspect your vehicle for damage and wait for law enforcement to arrive. Read More»

FMCSA’s Personal Conveyance site updated with FAQs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Personal Conveyance webpage has been updated with Personal Conveyance Frequently Asked Questions.

In response to questions received since the publication of the Personal Conveyance guidance on June 7, 2018, FMCSA has provided answers to a series of Frequently Asked Questions to assist the industry and law enforcement in the application of the guidance. Those questions can be found here.

Additional questions can be sent to FMCSA will continue to answer questions and monitor them to determine if additional clarification is needed.

The guidance clarifies that Personal Conveyance is the movement of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for personal use while off-duty and that a CMV may be used for personal conveyance even if it is laden, since the load is not being transported for the commercial benefit of the motor carrier at that time. Personal conveyance does not reduce a driver’s or motor carrier’s responsibility to operate a CMV safely, and motor carriers can establish personal conveyance limitations either within the scope of, or more restrictive than, the guidance provided.

For more information on personal conveyance visit the Personal Conveyance webpage.

At ports of entry and elsewhere, ADOT helps combat human trafficking

October 10, 2018 – PHOENIX – At Arizona Department of Transportation commercial ports of entry near California and New Mexico,  K-9 units are trained to identify not only evidence of illegal drugs but human cargo that can include victims of human trafficking. Lieutenants overseeing these ports have training on identifying warning signs of human trafficking, such as unusual tattoos, an unwillingness to speak up and carrying large amounts of cash without explanation. More»
If you would like to learn more about how to help stop human trafficking, please visit To report anything suspicious, please call 888.373.7888.

Arizona motor vehicle crash deaths total 1,000 in 2017

Impairment, speeding and lack of seat belt use remain leading fatality factors

PHOENIX – Driver behavior continues to be the leading factor in traffic fatalities and 1,000 of our neighbors, coworkers, friends and family members died needlessly on Arizona’s city, county, state and reservation roadways in 2017. That’s the major takeaway from the 2017 Motor Vehicle Crash Facts report, which was released today.





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Governor Ducey Signs Law Changing the Definition of an Intrastate Commercial Motor Vehicle

On May 16, 2018, Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2455 (HB2455) into law. The new law becomes effective on August 3, 2018. This bill changes the definition in Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) 28-5201(1)(A) of an intrastate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in Arizona from 18,001 pounds or more to 26,001 pounds or more.

“The passage of HB2455 was a priority for the Arizona Trucking Association and it is a huge win for businesses operating medium duty trucks,” stated ATA President and CEO, Tony Bradley. “HB2455 eliminates expensive and unnecessary regulatory burdens for thousands of small businesses operating medium duty trucks in Arizona. On behalf of the members of the Arizona trucking industry and the business community, I want to thank our bill sponsor, Rep. David Cook, for sponsoring HB2455 and understanding the importance of this legislation.”

Vehicles that do not meet the definition of a CMV are no longer subjected to the requirements of ARS Title 28, Chapter 14 – Motor Carrier Safety. This legislative change also exempts this classification of vehicle from the state’s adoption of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and the other CMV regulations found in Arizona Administrative Code Title 17, Chapter 5, Article 2. However, medium duty vehicles remain subject to the remainder of ARS Title 28 and equipment is specifically regulated by Title 28, Chapter 3, Article 16.

Please note: This law does not change any regulations for Interstate Commercial Vehicles.

The new law takes effect on August 3, 2018, you must follow the existing law until then.