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ADOT: Please don't use highway shoulder for non-emergencies (even wedding photo shoots)

ADOT's post is accompanied by a photo of a woman in a wedding dress taking photos on the southbound shoulder of Interstate 17.
Credit: ADOT

PHOENIX — The state's transportation department on Monday took to social media to remind everyone to not use the highway shoulder for non-emergencies – even wedding photo shoots. 

"Gotta say: This is one of the nicest situations we've ever seen on the side of the road!" a post from the Arizona Department of Transportation reads. "Just one gentle reminder: Do not use the highway shoulder for non-emergencies."

The post is accompanied by a photo of a woman in a wedding dress taking photos on the southbound shoulder of Interstate 17. However, it's unclear when the bride's photo was taken. 

Gotta say: This is one of the nicest situations we've ever seen on the side of the road! Just one gentle reminder: Do not use the highway shoulder for non-emergencies.

Posted by Arizona Department of Transportation on Monday, September 6, 2021

Earlier Monday, ADOT warned of holiday weekend traffic backups along I-17. 

RELATED: Delays expected along I-17 near Camp Verde, Black Canyon City

RELATED: 16 seriously injured, 3 dead in Valley crashes over Labor Day weekend

Labor Day weekend was deadly on Valley roads. At least 16 people were severely injured in holiday weekend crash – three were killed, including an 11-year-old girl hit by a car while walking with her family. 

A frightening trend of traffic deaths was recorded by the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration last week. According to the report, traffic deaths rose 10.5% over the last year even though driving has declined. 

The increasing trend started in 2020.

RELATED: 11-year-old girl on life support, will not recover after her family was hit while walking in Phoenix

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