Thursday, July 26, 2018

From the Director: Words fail when a state trooper doesn’t get home safely


By John Halikowski / ADOT Director

ADOT’s No. 1 goal – and there is no close second – is everyone getting home safely.

Every day, 24 hours a day, we strive to meet that goal in partnership with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and its troopers who put themselves in harm’s way to keep all of us safe.

That’s just one reason why last night’s events on Interstate 10 in the West Valley are so absolutely unacceptable, so outrageous, that words can’t do justice to emotions.

I won’t repeat the facts here but will refer those requiring background to this account from AZDPS.

Like anyone on our state’s highways, Trooper Tyler Edenhofer deserved to make it home safely to his family and friends. We join our brothers and sisters at AZDPS and all of Arizona in mourning the fact that he did not.

Trooper Dalin Dorris and Trooper Sean Rodecap deserved to make it home safely rather than being rushed to the hospital. We pray for their recovery.

While we all reflect, the brave troopers of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, even in mourning, are out on our highways keeping us safe. And for that I am grateful beyond words.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This post originally appeared on ADOT Director John Halikowski's LinkedIn page. He has led the agency since 2009.

Posted by Steve Elliott   |  Labels:  department-of-public-safety, Director, From-the-Director, Halikowski


The Arizona Ombudsman – Citizens Aide helps you resolve ongoing issues with State Agencies.

Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.