MCSO says “Be safe this holiday season”

With the winter holidays right around the corner, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to be safe on our roads, at home, and enjoying outdoor recreation and activities.

ROAD SAFETY

This week and for the holidays, MCSO Deputies and Detention Officers will work together with our agency partners on DUI holiday season task forces to ensure safety on our roads and highways.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the night before Thanksgiving or “Thanksgiving Eve” is one of the deadliest holidays on the road. From 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday. In 2017, 28 Arizonans were killed on our roads between Thanksgiving and Christmas. MCSO reminds you to not drink and drive and plan for a sober ride home. The danger of DUI is even greater with crowded highways from holiday travel and construction zones throughout the valley. Please be aware of your surroundings and watch for traffic restrictions and/or road closures.

PACKAGE THEFT

After Thanksgiving comes Black Friday and the rest of the holiday shopping season. MCSO detectives are partnering with Silent Witness and our communities to combat holiday package thefts, often known as “porch pirates.” If you see something, say something by calling our tips line at 602-876-TIPS or email tips@mcso.maricopa.gov

OUTDOOR RECREATION SAFETY

The Sheriff’s Office also recognizes that many people go camping or hiking in the valley and surrounding areas this time of year. When hiking or camping, go prepared with plenty of water, maps, the proper footwear and attire, and adhere to parks, lakes and forests rules. Stay on designated hiking paths and trails and if hiking alone, always let someone know where you are going. The weather is great this time of year, so let’s enjoy our parks, forests and lakes and return home safely, without having to have emergency responders come to your rescue.

If you’re planning to enjoy a campfire or barbecue as part of your park activities, know that each park has their own rules on where and when you can have open flame. During certain conditions, campfires may be banned, or other special rules or restrictions may be in effect.

Please be safe and enjoy your holidays.