2 dead, many hospitalized after Bethany Home Road crash

The three vehicles were badly damaged, including one that was crushed. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
The three vehicles were badly damaged, including one that was crushed. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

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5/17/2015 Sunday afternoon Glendale, AZ 8100 block of Bethany Home Road: 3 vehicles, two dead, many hospitalized. Police say speed didn’t “contribute” but there you have a head-on on a high-speed arterial with multiple motorist injuries and fatalities. Continue reading 2 dead, many hospitalized after Bethany Home Road crash

Car slams into bus stop, teen bystander killed

Another ped whacked on a Phoenix sidewalk — seriously, how often does this stuff happen? — this time at Glendale and Central Ave, Phoenix.   Austin Lipko-Benito was killed mid-day May 13, 2015 on the sidewalk along Glendale Ave. The crash occured because one of the drivers failed to yield to the other driver. Continue reading Car slams into bus stop, teen bystander killed

Traffic Safety Facts: Bicyclists and Other Cyclists

[Update: the 2013 bicyclist fact sheet was released May(?) of 2015]

Each year, the USDOT, NHTSA (United States Dept of Transportation / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) issues a report called Traffic Safety Facts: Bicyclists and Other Cyclists xxxx. The report comes out about 18 months after the close of the calendar year under review. Continue reading Traffic Safety Facts: Bicyclists and Other Cyclists

Parade of wrong-way drivers continues

Cheyenne Wheeler / MSCO booking photo
Cheyenne Wheeler / MSCO booking photo

The parade of wrong-way drivers suspected of being impaired continues in full force. So far, none of the drivers involved in the spate of fatalities in early 2014 have come to trial yet (one is dead, one remains hospitalized, and one has been charged and pleaded not guilty); though the wrong-way impaired driver that caused an Oct 2013 fatality has plead no contest to 2nd degree murder charges. Continue reading Parade of wrong-way drivers continues

Driving School

[ some of this information was moved from bicyclist-diversion-programs-around-arizona ]

There are two distinct types of “Driving School” in Arizona; the first one Defensive Driving is generally attended after receiving a traffic ticket but before any trial in order to have the violation automatically dismissed; and the second Traffic Safety School is generally where drivers who have been found guilty/responsible for more serious infractions are ordered to attend.

Traffic Survival School

cover of workbook used at all TSS classes (circa 2014): Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving and Young Adult Course Guide

None of the above is to be confused with Traffic Survival School (TSS); which is ordered or required when found responsible/guilty of certain infractions or any condition when a driver accumulates 8 points or more within 12 months on their driver’s license. Notably red light violations (see SB1118 46th/1st 2003 Chapter 236), Flashing red violation, causing any death/serious injury w/moving violation, agressive driving, and DUI (because of points; dui is 8 points). There are some extra provisions for drivers under 18 years old. Continue reading Driving School

Celebrity DUIs and other car criminals

There are tens of thousands of DUI arrests per year in AZ (39,746 in 2013 to be more precise). And that’s not counting the many of the over ten thousand hit-and-run drivers reported each year in AZ (11,402 in 2010 to be more precise), all of whom are criminals, thousands of them serious felons, few of whom are ever caught or charged. (hit-and-run from a collision with any injury is a felony, if the injury is serious or fatal the felony is likewise serious). Continue reading Celebrity DUIs and other car criminals

Mesa PD: Bicyclist struck, killed after riding through red light

April 11, 2015, morning. Cyclist 40’s/M was killed after riding into the intersection of Alma School Road and Southern Ave, Mesa on a red.

This is a right-angle collision, the motorist was SB on Alma School, and the cyclist was EB on Southern.  The two media accounts vary slightly regarding the color, or really the phase, of the signal. Both say the motorist entered on a yellow (which is, of course, legal and would give the motorist the right-of-way);  The KPHO account, additionally, said “The signal had turned red when the bicyclist entered the intersection” Continue reading Mesa PD: Bicyclist struck, killed after riding through red light

Bicyclist dies after being struck by car near Apache Junction

Photo: Pinal County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Pinal County Sheriff’s Office

Friday April 10, 2015, early afternoon. Victim: Jameson Kennedy, 51/M. The driver told police “an animal ran out in front of him and the bicyclist on westbound McKellips Boulevard, causing the cyclist to swerve to the left. The driver swerved to the right, striking the cyclist from behind.”  Continue reading Bicyclist dies after being struck by car near Apache Junction

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