Interesting Arizona Traffic Stories for October, 2018

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

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES: Arizona drivers and rain (FOX 10)

As a result of Tropical Storm Rosa, ADOT officials are warning drivers to slow down on slick roads, with highway signs all over the Valley telling drivers to slow down and drive with care.

Despite the words of caution, some might say that rain and Arizona drivers are not exactly a match made in heaven. FOX 10's Marcy Jones reports, in this week's edition of Keeping Up With The Jones. [Watch the video…]

Homeless veterans can now get free Arizona driver’s license, ID card (KTAR)

Under a state law that went into effect this month, homeless veterans in Arizona now have the opportunity to obtain a driver’s license or ID card at no charge.

Those who qualify can have the $25 license or ID fee waived by the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division.

“When you don’t have an ID, it’s really tough to get services, to try to apply for a job,” MVD spokesman Doug Nick told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday.

“So it’s really important that we do our part to help these veterans get on their feet and find a way to become more self-sufficient and be back into a place where they can get a job and get what they need to be a part of a working society.” [Read more…]

Toughest law in Phoenix area: Hand-held phone use while driving now banned in Surprise (AZ Central)

Metro Phoenix drivers will need to make sure their cellphones are tucked away when crossing into Surprise city limits starting this week.

Surprise enacted the toughest cellphone-use law for drivers in the Valley last month. The law takes effect Thursday.

The law prohibits talking on a cellphone, sending a text message or otherwise using a hand-held communications device while driving in the city, unless the device is in hands-free mode.

Police will generally issue warnings only for the first 30 days of the new law, said Surprise police Sgt. Tim Klarkowski. After that, the fines will begin. [Read more…]

Tips You Should Know Before Driving in Arizona (Trip Savvy)

If visiting or moving to Arizona, you should be aware of the state's unique driving laws before you hit the road. Here are the most essential pieces to know.

Potential Differences in Driving Laws:

Every state has laws about car seats and booster seats for children. Arizona’s are based not on weight but rather on age and height. Arizona’s child restraint system laws can be confusing, so read up on them beforehand. [Read more…]

New Requirement For Arizona Drivers (MJ)

Attention Arizona drivers! There is a new state law which has changed the rules for your automobile proof-of-insurance cards.

The new rule requires every auto ID card to include a 4-digit code identifying your auto policy’s insurance carrier. The codes are assigned by the Arizona Department of Transportation and will be added to your new identification cards. You should be receiving an updated card this month. [Read more...]

Arizona driver license test: See if you can pass the written exam (ABC 15)

How well do you know the rules of the road in Arizona?

Do you know what to do after being involved in a car crash? Katie Raml breaks down the steps to take after a collision, tonight at 10 p.m. on ABC15.

As part of our state's driver exam, you need to take both a road test and a written test, and the Motor Vehicle Division is making one of those pieces notably easier to complete.

The state MVD is offering online testing for teenagers seeking a driver instruction permit, with the requirement that a parent or guardian signs up their teen and proctors the test-taking. To pass the written exam, you need to receive a score of at least 80 percent. [Read more…]

New Crash Forms in Arizona Ask About Driver's Marijuana Impairment (Phoenix New Times)

Eight years after voters approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, authorities still have no idea how, or if, the law has affected road safety.

That knowledge gap soon may be filled now that state authorities have added extra check boxes related to marijuana on state crash forms in response to questions from Phoenix New Times. [Read more…]

Arizona woman cited for driving in HOV lane with mannequin (WHNT 19)

A Mesa woman was given a citation by a DPS trooper after being caught driving in the HOV lane with a mannequin in the passenger seat.

According to DPS, the 19-year-old driver was spotted driving in the HOV lane on the Loop 202 near Van Buren exit on September 7. Officials say once the woman saw the trooper she tried to pull off the freeway. [Read more…]

Judge won't order immediate address updates of Arizona's voter registration list (

A federal judge has refused to order Secretary of State Michele Reagan to immediately update voter registration addresses of 384,000 Arizonans who moved since the last election.

But the ruling leaves the door open to further court action to ensure that Reagan — or whoever succeeds her — finally brings the state into compliance with federal voting laws.

Judge James Teilborg acknowledged Wednesday the system operated by the Motor Vehicle Division for address changes for driver’s licenses requires people to affirmatively “opt-in” to also having their voter information updated. And the judge did not dispute the National Voter Registration Act requires these forms to make registration changes automatic unless people opt out.

The result, according to the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups, is that many people will show up at the wrong polling place on Election Day. [Read more…]

Arizona Uber drivers will get $100 each from lawsuit settlement (AZ Central)

Arizona Uber drivers whose personal information was hacked in a massive breach the company kept secret will receive $100 each, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Wednesday.

Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to pay $148 million in fines to 50 states and the District of Columbia for waiting a year to report the stolen data to the public.

Attorneys general claimed Uber violated state laws requiring companies to notify the public of data breaches in a timely manner.

"Arizonans have a right to know when their personal information is taken," Brnovich said in a statement. "This settlement sends a strong message to other companies: If you don't disclose a major data breach to consumers, there will be consequences." [Read more…]

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