Interesting Arizona Traffic Stories for August, 2018

Check out some of the interesting news stories and developments affecting Arizona drivers from the past month.

Data Shows Arizona Traffic Fatalities Continue to Rise (Insurance Journal)

The Arizona Department of Transportation says 1,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes last year.

A new statewide report released this week shows 2017 marked the third straight year of increases for traffic fatalities. The total was up from 952 in 2016 and 897 in 2015.

2017 also saw the most people killed in traffic crashes since 2007, when 1,071 people were killed in crashes.

Nearly a quarter of those killed in crashes last year were pedestrians. The report also says 320 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes and 285 people were killed in speed-related crashes. [Read more…]

347 new laws in effect across Arizona (KGUN 9)

347 new laws went into effect across Arizona Friday changing the way we live, work and play in our state.Waymo Program in Arizona Focuses on Commuters Using Public Transit

In the traffic department, photo radar tickets will now be made harder to fight. An officer will now have to review the citation before it is sent out.

Traffic tickets will cost you a little more, $4 more to be exact. That extra money will go to help pay for police officer training and equipment. [Read more…]

Waymo Program in Arizona Focuses on Commuters Using Public Transit (Transport Topics)

Self-driving vehicles typically are described as a disruptive technology that will make traditional modes of public transportation obsolete, but a recent announcement by Chandler-based Waymo is challenging that narrative.

The Google-backed autonomous vehicle company and Valley Metro announced a first-of-its-kind pilot program that aims to increase access to and use of public transportation.

Select Valley Metro employees in the Southeast Valley will be given the opportunity to use Waymo autonomous vehicles to travel to and from public transit stops on their commutes between home and work. [Read more…]

Who's watching? Legal loophole leaves funeral escorts with little regulation (ABC 15)

On a May afternoon, Brittany Vo was headed into work on the Agua Fria Loop 101 when traffic slowed to a crawl.

"I'm thinking to myself, okay there must be an accident," she explained.

There wasn't. As Vo inched up the HOV lane, she saw a SUV swerving across the middle three lanes blocking traffic.

It was an escort for a funeral procession heading down the far right lane.

Video from her dash cam shows that after a few seconds the SUV stops in the middle lane. [Read more…]

Law enforcement: We can't ticket legislators for speeding in Arizona (AZ Central)

Arizona law-enforcement agencies say they don't give lawmakers speeding tickets during the legislative session, despite contradicting opinions from legislative and outside attorneys over whether speeding is considered part of legislative immunity.

Republican Rep. Paul Mosley of Lake Havasu City has been warned several times by the Arizona Department of Public Safety about speeding, though not ticketed, since he took office in 2017.

He was caught on officer body camera bragging about driving more than 120 mph after a deputy pulled him over for going 97 mph in a 55 mph zone north of Parker. He later issued a statement saying he was joking about the higher speeds. [Read more…]

Take our back-to-school Arizona driver license test (ABC 15)

School is back in session for kids across the Valley; do you know your back-to-school rules of the road?

ABC15 compiled questions from the Arizona Department of Transportation's practice driver license quiz that related to children on the road.

Using those questions, ABC15 created an interactive quiz to test your knowledge of school zones, pedestrians, and bicyclists. [Read more…]

Why Arizona driver licenses don't expire for decades (KGUN 9)

It's one of those "what the heck" moments when people move to Arizona: finding out your driver license doesn't expire until age 65. But why?

"I think part of the issue was just making it a little less busy at the office," said Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Doug Nick.

Legislators changed state law several decades ago in an effort they said would streamline the agency and save drivers money and time.

Even though your license may not expire for decades, drivers are still required to take a new photo every twelve years. [Read more…]

Still waiting for that $200 GM recall settlement check? Here's when to expect it (AZ Central)

As many as 33,000 Arizonans are slated to receive checks of $200 or more in a recall settlement with the vehicle manufacturer GM, the Arizona Attorney General announced in March.

But many are wondering why they haven't seen a check.

If you're one of them, don't worry. You aren't missing out.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office told The Arizona Republic the process will take several more months to complete. [Read more…]

ADOT to use signal lights at entrance ramps to warn of wrong-way drivers (ABC 15)

As the number of wrong-way drivers continues to rise across the Valley, the Arizona Department of Transportation is continuing its testing of a new system that includes technology to warn drivers of vehicles that are heading the wrong direction.

In 2018, there have been 22 wrong-way incidents across Phoenix; four of which resulted in deaths. In an attempt to prevent future tragedies on Arizona roads and highways, ADOT has launched a pilot wrong-way detection system using thermal camera technology along a section of Interstate 17. [Read more…]

State troopers place dozens of vehicles, drivers out of service due to violations (AZ Daily Sun)

The Arizona Department of Public Safety’s annual roadside check last month flagged nearly 2,000 commercial vehicle violations that resulted in 139 vehicles and 81 drivers being placed out of service.

The check was conducted over three days in early June. State troopers directed commercial vehicles, buses and trucks off Interstate 40 at the Parks rest areas and conducted inspections of as many vehicles as staff capacity would allow.

In addition to issuing citations and placing drivers and vehicles out of service, troopers made three arrests and one drug seizure. [Read more…]

Here's what we're doing to stop pedestrian deaths on Arizona streets (AZ Central)

Arizona is experiencing a crisis that it is difficult to comprehend. Pedestrians are dying on our streets at a rate never seen before in our state.

  • In 2013, the overall death toll in traffic fatalities was 849. The number of pedestrians killed was 160.
  • In 2017, total traffic fatalities were 1,001, while pedestrian deaths rose more than 40 percent to 228.
  • So far this year, there have been 111 pedestrians killed in Arizona. [Read more…]
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