On April 22nd, a new law was passed outlawing holding a phone when behind the wheel driving in Arizona. Warnings will start immediately and tickets will be issued beginning in 2021. Tickets will range from $75 - $250. Please be aware that many cities in Arizona already have restrictions on the use of cell phones when driving so now is the time to start using hands-free devices or waiting to respond until you are stopped in a safe place. Now, the only states that do not have a texting while driving ban are Montana and Missouri, although Missouri has some restriction on younger drivers.
Who would have thought that an increase in the quality of our economy could potentially lead to more traffic accidents? Advocates for vehicular safety have actually made ties to the stimulated economy and the recent influx of wrecks on the road.
Far too frequently in Arizona and around the country, drivers who are distracted by their cellphones cause accidents that result in serious injuries and deaths. In fact, research done by the National Safety Council has determined that cellphone use is involved in 27 percent of car accidents in the United States. The NSC says that although there is growing awareness about the risks of distracted driving, cellphone use by drivers is a growing problem.
A collision involving a pickup truck and a car in West Phoenix left two people dead and three injured, according to reports. The fatal accident happened near Indian School Road during the evening hours of May 3.
Motorists in Arizona are exposed to the same risks of distracted driving as everywhere else in the country. Research shows that people frequently text, talk and email with their cellphones when behind the wheel, and this distraction is a significant cause of car accidents.
A student's vehicle was struck outside Thunderbird High School in North Phoenix around 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 3. The 17-year-old girl and the 78-year-old woman driving the other vehicle were each transported to an area trauma center for treatment of serious injuries. Both were expected to recover, according to police.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial gateway to summer, which means that it is also the first big holiday for road trips. Even with fires raging in rural areas of Arizona, people are still going to make their ways to campsites and lakes to celebrate the long weekend.