DUI Laws in Arizona

So you’ve had one drink. That can’t hurt right? Wrong. In Arizona, that one drink could land you in jail. If you aren’t familiar with Arizona’s Zero Tolerance DUI law, then read on to learn more.

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Driving Scams Everyone Should Be Aware Of

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Today’s technology has provided seemingly countless advantages for individuals looking to enhance their own lives and increase their work efficiency. On the flip side, however, some of those same technological advances have opened doors for scammers , hackers, and the like.

When it comes to the world of driving, road travel, and car sales, many would hope that the auto industry would be safe from scams. Unfortunately, from getting cheated on taxi rides to uncovering Mastercard data, driving scams exists all over the world. 

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How Going Over the Speed Limit Costs Arizonans

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Just like every other state, the state of Arizona has its own jurisdictional traffic violations statutes and its own legislation with regards to fines and penalties. The offense of speeding may appear to be a minor violation, but in Arizona, it is a common but very severe criminal violation.

When it comes to Arizona speeding laws, drivers should take them very seriously. Many speeding violations, especially those categorized as criminal speeding, have punishements ranging from a $500 fine to 20 days in jail. So while getting pulled over for going over the speed limit may seem minor at the time, it could cost drivers a significant amount of time and money.

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WRONG WAY DRIVERS IN AZ BECOMING FREQUENT OCCURRENCE

On Friday, April 14th at 2 A.M., Keaton Tyler Allison, a 21-year-old student at Grand Canyon University (GCU), was driving the wrong way down Interstate 17. Approaching the Greenway Road exit, Allison collided head on with a driver traveling the right way on the 17. Carrying fellow GCU student Karlie Arlene Richardson, 20, and her sister Kelsey Mae Richardson, 18, neither vehicle made any attempt to brake, and the cars collided at a high rate of speed.

TUCSON DRIVING SAFETY TIPS: PROM EDITION

High school students around Tucson are busy preparing for prom 2017. Their dresses and suits have been selected, dates have been asked, and hairstyles have been trialled.

The Harsh Reality of Teen Drivers

When it comes to teen drivers, it’s no secret that they have a bad reputation. All one has to do is type “teen driver” into a Google search and find dozens of articles related to texting while driving, accident statistics among younger drivers, and the list goes on.

Car manufacturers and independent companies alike are creating software to be installed in new vehicle models to help combat the dangers that come with a teen behind the wheel of a car. For example, General Motors recently released their active safety technology called Teen Driver. This software allows parents to view their teen’s driving habits and use the information to continue to coach their new drivers, even when they can’t be in the car.

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What Every Tucson Driver Should Know about Checking their Seatbelts after a Collision

By now, everyone is aware how important the seat belt is towards keeping passengers safe during an accident. If you ever have the misfortune of being in a collision, it may be important to check your seat belts for damage after the repair. There are a few steps to take to ensure that your seat belts are safe and ready for your next drive:

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New Year’s Day is deadliest for alcohol-related crashes, IIHS Reminds Drivers,

As we head into 2017 and New Year’s Eve celebrations are upon us, The IIHS your local law enforcement departments and us here at O’Rielly Collision Centers wish to remind you all that New Year’s day is the deadliest day on the roads for drivers passengers bicyclists and even pedestrians. This is the holiday with the most lethal combination of alcohol and crashes. According to recent analysis from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Jan. 1 is the deadliest day on average for alcohol-related crashes involving a motor vehicle, pedestrian or bicyclist.

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Top driving hazards for Arizona drivers this Fall

It’s October, and even here in Tucson, we are headed into fall. Whether you are heading home from work or heading out to the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson to peep some of the foliage, what’ do you suppose is the biggest potential hazard for drivers in Arizona this fall?

 Spoiler alert: It walks on four legs.

A major Insurance company publishes a “Seasonal Smarts Digest” every year and in this report, it covers several important statistics for drivers in all areas of the country.

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Road Debris hazzard Tucson AZ

Car crashes from road debris have nearly doubled: New study from AAA

One of the more common reasons that cars come in to be repaired here at O’Rielly Collision Centers in Tucson has to do with cars hitting something in the road.

If you have spent any amount of time behind the wheel then you have encountered some kind of hazard in the road you are driving on. A friend of mine once ran over a mattress that fell off a truck in front of him and nearly totaled his car. Objects fall off of cars, out of trucks and blow into roadways every day. New reports from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety now show that vehicle crashes involving debris are up 40 percent since the foundation first began tracking this data in 2001.

The AAA study on road debris found direct connections of debris to more than 200,000 crashes on U.S. roads between 2011 and 2014, resulting in about 39,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths.

You might think the crashes involve people not paying attention to what is in the road and hitting the debris directly. However,the data shows that nearly 37 percent of all deaths in road debris-related crashes occur when a driver swerves to avoid hitting an object. This is because drivers lose control of their cars leading to the nearly 40% chance of fatality the study found.

Deadliest time of day

The middle of the day, between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM is when over a third of the crashes occur. Researchers suggest that this window of time is when most people are hauling or moving heavy items such as furniture or construction materials and equipment.

Highways are the most likely place to have a collision with road debris due to traffic speeds, traffic congestion and the high volume of materials being moved on those road systems.

The Causes are Mostly Preventable

The most common cause for these debris related crashes are caused by improper maintenance or improperly secured loads and contribute to two-thirds two thirds of all crashes.

The most common types of vehicle debris are car and truck parts, such as tires, unsecured cargo, like furniture and appliances, and trailers that get loose from the tow vehicle becuase they were not hitched up properly.

So how do you decrease your chances of being involved in a road-debris crash?

 AAA has three recommendations:

  1.  Maintain Your Vehicle. For example, badly worn or underinflated tires can blow out, leaving tire pieces on roadways. Rusted exhaust systems and hardware can cause mufflers and other parts to drag or break loose.
  2. Secure Vehicle Loads- To properly secure a load, drivers should use rope, netting or straps; tie large objects direction to the vehicle, and cover the load with a tarp. Overloading a vehicle can cause problems too.
  3. Defensive Driving- Try to maintain space on at least one side of your vehicle in the event you need to steer around the object; scan at least 12 to 15 seconds ahead; and avoid tailgating.

The penalty to you for causing road debris incidents

Every state has laws that make it illegal for items to fall from a vehicle while into the roadway and carry penalties ranging from $10 – $5,000.  In sixteen states  jail time is possible depending on the level of negligence and the severity of the incident.

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