Arizona Department of Transportation expertise is helping officials in the Mexican state of Sonora promote safety on the highway leading to beaches in Puerto Peñasco.
ADOT representatives visited Mexico recently to train first responders, the military and government officials on Traffic Incident Management, which promotes quickly clearing incident scenes when appropriate as well as safeguards for motorists and emergency workers. Traffic Incident Management techniques have been shown to reduce secondary crashes that often are more serious than the initial incidents.
The next step of this binational partnership is Sonora creating a safety corridor before spring break season along the 63 miles of Mexico Route 8, which many Arizonans take south from Lukeville.
The safety corridor will be enforced by Mexican law enforcement and military officials. ADOT is providing training for those officials based on the agency’s experience clearing crashes and restoring traffic flow on Arizona highways.
The U.S. State Department has issued warnings about travel to Mexico. American are warned to avoid travel to areas overrun by drug cartels and violent crime, and exercise caution in vacation spots like Puerto Peñasco in Sonora, Mexico.
The government has labeled the level of risk:
Level 1 – Exercise normal precautions
Level 2 – Exercise increased caution
Level 3 – Reconsider travel
Level 4 – Do not travel
From the State Department:
Sonora – Level 3: Reconsider Travel
Reconsider travel due to crime. Sonora is a key location utilized by the international drug trade and human trafficking networks. However, northern Sonora experiences much lower levels of crime than cities closer to Sinaloa and other parts of Mexico. U.S. government employees visiting Puerto Peñasco must use the Lukeville/Sonoyta crossing, and they are required to travel during daylight hours on main roads.
U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel to:
The triangular region west of Nogales, east of Sonoyta, and north of Altar.
The eastern edge of the state of Sonora, which borders the state of Chihuahua (all points along that border east of Federal Highway 17, the road between Moctezuma and Sahuaripa, and state Highway 20 between Sahuaripa and the intersection with Federal Highway 16).
South of Hermosillo, with the exception of the cities of Alamos, San Carlos, Guaymas, and Empalme.