A report by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety has revealed that Arizona lacks 11 critical traffic safety laws that could make the state’s roads safer for everyone. The absence of these laws, which are largely related to adult and child seat belts or restraints, teenage drivers and helmet laws for motorcyclists, has been credited for the state’s high rates of motor vehicle deaths and injuries.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were over 1,000 roadway fatalities in the state in 2021. In addition, thousands of others suffer serious injuries in car accidents all the time – which means that every driver out there should be concerned.
Is there anything Arizona drivers can do?
You don’t have to wait on the laws to change to be proactive about your safety and the safety of any passengers in your car. Here are some suggestions:
- Buckle up: In Arizona, there’s no primary enforcement front seat belt law, so drivers can only be ticketed for not wearing their belt if they are pulled over for some other traffic violation – but buckling up is one of the easiest, most effective ways to reduce the risk of injuries.
- Reduce your speed: Speeding is a common cause of car accidents everywhere. Obey posted speed limits and adjust your speed based on the road conditions, traffic and weather – and slow down even further in construction zones and school zones.
- Avoid impaired driving: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is both illegal and dangerous. If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver or use a ride-sharing service. Even prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair your ability to drive safely, so be sure to read the warning labels and use appropriate caution.
- Avoid distracted driving: Texting, talking, eating, drinking and any other activity that takes your attention away from the road while driving is a bad plan. Learn to put anything that might distract you out of the way until you’re safely at your destination.
- Set some rules for your teen: Teen drivers are at a higher risk of being involved in car accidents. Parents can encourage safety by enforcing driving rules for their teens, such as limiting passengers and driving at night.
It is important to remember that each person has a role to play in making Arizona’s roads safer. Unfortunately, even the most cautious and responsible of drivers can end up in a wreck due to another party’s foolish mistakes. If that happens to you or your loved one, seek legal guidance to better protect your legal and financial interests.