Home | Classifieds | Place an ad | Obituaries | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | 928 Media Lab | Contact Us | Subscribe | Yellow Pages
Prescott Valley Tribune | Prescott Valley, Arizona

home : opinions : editorials August 1, 2014


8/22/2012 10:32:00 AM
Editorial
Drivers need to heed rules of road
Courtesy the Daily Courier


Arizona deserves an F on its driving record report card.

The bad grade isn't so much for its overall performance - which could be much worse. Rather the low grade is because the number of people dying in vehicle crashes rose in 2011 across the state and in Yavapai County for the first time in five years, according to statistics the Arizona Department of Transportation released this past week.

Here is what the ADOT figures tell us about 2011:

• Statewide, 825 people died in 754 fatal crashes - an 8.7 increase from 2010. Fatalities had been on a steady decline since 2006's record 1,301.

• In Yavapai County, 53 people died in 46 fatal crashes in 2011 - a 17 percent jump in deaths from the year before. Rural areas, in particular, saw 436 fatal crashes in 2011, representing a 14.44 percent increase.

• The same ADOT report shows that 1,366 people were hurt in 941 collisions, and more fortunate people survived a total of 3,111 crashes statewide.

• Statewide as well, 265 people lost their lives and 3,660 were hurt in 5,537 alcohol-related crashes, which was a 15.8 percent increase from the year before.

• In Yavapai County, 184 alcohol-related crashes killed 14 people and hurt another 184, which was a 28.5 percent increase from 2011.

Motorcycle accidents in the Prescott area have caused special concern recently, because of the frequency and severity of them. Across the state, 132 motorcycle drivers and passengers died in 130 accidents, an increase of 55 percent over 2011.

As for the most prevalent reasons for these grim statistics, the ADOT 2011 Crash Facts report shows more than a third of the people killed, 292, were not wearing seatbelts and the most common violation was going too fast for road conditions.

If these sad statistics don't preach loudly enough, the safe driving habits are lost on too many people on Arizona's roads.

Look around home and observe: speeding, whipping in and out of traffic, unsafe lane changing, running red lights, following another vehicle too closely, using lanes exiting shopping centers for merging into traffic as passing lanes to get ahead of a stream of cars, puttering along rather than going the speed limit. Name it, and we see it all no matter where we go, but we are more aware of it in our hometown because that's where we drive the most.

Driving is frustrating, irritating and too often deadly.

Vehicles are potential killing machines. But, they needn't be if people would stop abusing the safe rules of the road.


    Recently Commented     Most Viewed
Obituary: Doris Jane Berger (1 comment)
Blog: Lucky 7 Percent! Congress approval hits an historic low (5 comments)
Communicating with dementia sufferers not always easy (1 comment)
Think marijuana is harmless? Think again (19 comments)
BLOG: Your 2014 GOP Primary Primer Part 2 (4 comments)




Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. The email and phone info you provide will not be visible to the public. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to 1300 characters or less. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit your comment entries to five(5) per day.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Prescott Valley, AZ
Click for weather forecast


Find It Features Blogs Milestones Extras Other Publications Local Listings Submit
Classifieds | Place an ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | Site Map
© Copyright 2014 Prescott Newspapers, Inc. The Prescott Valley Tribune is the information source for Prescott Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Prescott Newspapers Online is a service of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. By using the Site, pvtrib.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Prescott Newspapers Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2014 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved