Interesting Arizona Traffic Stories for September, 2018

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

More people dying in crashes on Arizona's roadways (AZ Family)

State officials say traffic deaths on Arizona roads are on track to outpace last year’s number.

“We hit a thousand fatalities in 2017,” said Alberto Gutier, director of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “So far this year, the numbers are exceeding 600 in the last seven months, so somehow things are going up.”

There have been 638 traffic fatalities in Arizona as of Tuesday, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. [Read more…]

"What's Driving You Crazy?" (News 4 Tucson)

With street flooding tearing up our roads, and summer construction projects, something must be driving you crazy!

One News 4 Tucson viewer told Allie Potter that an eastside intersection has her, hitting her brakes.

The intersection at Golf Links and Houghton is what's driving you crazy. Deidre writes in and says, "Why did the intersection go from a leading left turn to a lagging left turn and then back to a leading left turn?"

It was part of an experiment ahead of the Houghton Road Improvements Project. They put left turn signals in all four directions, where there is usually just one, northbound. They waited a little while since it takes time for traffic to stabilize after change. [Read more…]

Research advises discussing 'driving retirement' with aging family members (AZ Central) As people get older and begin to think about retiring from work, AAA advises they also plan for another transition: driving retirement. Among older drivers, nearly 83 percent report never speaking to a family member or physician about their ability to drive safely, new research from the AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety shows. Seniors are outliving their ability to drive safely by an average of seven to 10 years, according to AAA, formerly the American Automobile Association. More than 200,000 drivers ages 65 and older were injured in a traffic crash and more than 3,500 were killed in the United States in 2016, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said. In Arizona alone, more than 23,000 drivers older than 65 were involved in an accident in 2017, resulting in 187 deaths and more than 7,000 injuries, a recent Arizona Department of Transportation report shows. [Read more…]

The Standard brings new traffic lights to Route 66 (AZ Daily Sun)

West Route 66 will be getting an additional set of stoplights at the intersection of Route 66 and West Riordan Road as part of the high occupancy housing development being built on the northwest side of the highway.

A traffic impact analysis conducted by the Arizona Department of Transportation required the developer to install the additional improvements to the intersection.

The development, called The Standard, is being built by Landmark Properties and is slated to be completed by fall of 2019, according to a spokesperson for the developer. The road improvements, which started in June, are expected to be completed by the end of this month.

But these improvements are more than just additional traffic signals at the intersection. [Read more…]

Arizona ranked top 10 state with the worst drivers (KGUN 9)

In a new study, Arizona was ranked a top ten state with the worst drivers.

The study, conducted by SmartAsset, ranks Arizona in the ninth spot, tying with Alaska.

Arizona scores worst [sic] than average in all four of our metrics, which explains its spot in the top 10. The state’s worst score comes in fatality rate per 100 million miles driven. According to the 2016 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Arizona had 962 fatalities. That’s 1.46 fatalities per 100 million miles driven. Fortunately, that figure is trending down. Since 1994, the fatality rate per miles driven has fallen 37%, the study says. [Read more…]

Arizona freeways are hell. These things could make your commute shorter (AZ Central)

It’s funny how the average commute time in Arizona is only 25.3 minutes, yet being on the interstate during rush hour can feel like an eternity in hell.

The desert sunlight bakes down unforgivingly, causing heat to radiate through the air vents of cars that are unmoving in a pile-up for miles.

It’s hard to breathe and relax when crawling under 5 miles per hour, and it doesn’t help when fellow drivers abstain from using turn signals and recklessly meander from lane to lane.

If there’s an accident on the road, there will likely be two, because we are so busy craning our necks to see every detail, we forget to pay attention to driving. [Read more…]

Driver's ed in Arizona: Do driver's education programs make roads safer? (ABC 15)

It is a tense moment for many parents: their teen is driving solo for the first time. For that to happen, teens do not have to take a driver's education program in Arizona.

Arizona is among the states that do not have a law requiring drivers ed. Some parents wonder why it's not mandated.

"You're putting your kid in a car, it's a lethal weapon," said Lee Sera, who has two teen daughters. "I think why wouldn't you want to get them driver's ed?"

In order for Arizona teens to obtain a Graduated Driver's License, they must have held an instruction permit for at least six months. Those under the age of 18 can then apply for a graduated license after they complete a driver education program or they have 30 hours (10 at night) of supervised driving, with a parent or guardian certifying it in writing. [Read more…]

Number of wrong-way crashes in Arizona down, but impaired drivers up (KTAR)

The latest numbers on wrong-way drivers give the Arizona Department of Public Safety a glimmer of hope.

Trooper Kameron Lee said from Jan. 1 to Aug. 20, there have been 42 wrong-way collisions on Arizona roads. There were 43 last year.

Eight of the collisions were fatal, in contrast to 11 deadly wrong-way crashes a year ago.

The numbers have started to go down, which makes Lee very thankful.

“We’re starting to see some numbers trending in the right direction,” he said. [Read more…]

Never pay for Arizona driver’s license test answers, officials warn (KTAR)

The Arizona Department of Transportation wants customers to avoid being scammed into paying for test answers or other information and services it provides for free.

So if you are studying for your driver’s license, don’t fall for websites or social media posts attempting to sell test answers.

You can learn everything you need by studying the manual and taking the department’s online practice tests, Motor Vehicle Division spokesperson Doug Nick told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday.

“If you take the online test at the ADOT website enough times you’ll see just about every question there is to see, so there’s really no point in trying to buy the answers,” he said. [Read more…]

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