Arizona DOT plans “diverging diamond” interchanges

The Arizona Department of Transportation is planning to build another new type of freeway interchange designed to improve traffic flow and safety. The interchanges would replace the roundabouts at Interstate 17 and Happy Valley Road, Houghton Road east of downtown Tucson and at two South Mountain Freeway interchanges. So what is a Diverging Diamond Interchange? In a diverging diamond interchange, local street … Read More

Steps to protect yourself from a wrong way driver

What to do when faced with wrong-way driver With help from Gordon Fox, an Arizona Licensed Driving Instructor and the owner of 2Passdd.com, a Defensive Driving School, we came up with five simple ways to help you avoid an accident with a wrong-way driver. Step one: Aim high. “You want to keep your eyes high, looking as far down the … Read More

What is a CLUE Report?

Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange   CLUE is a database of insurance claims managed by LexisNexis. All of the major auto insurance companies make monthly loss reports to CLUE. And any insurance company who considers bringing you on board as a customer will consult CLUE before they offer you official car insurance rates. In light of the CLUE report’s direct impact … Read More

Arizona Weapons and Firearms in Cars FAQs

If I am carrying a concealed firearm in my vehicle and I am stopped by a law enforcement officer, do I have to tell the officer that I am carrying a concealed firearm? Do I have to turn over my firearm to the officer?   Under Arizona Revised Statute 13-3102, any person carrying a concealed firearm must acknowledge and comply with the demands … Read More

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB)

A pedestrian hybrid beacon is a traffic control device that assists pedestrians in crossing a street or highway at a marked but unsignaled crosswalk. This special type of traffic light utilizes a system of indicator lights and signs that alerts drivers and controls vehicle traffic. Pedestrian hybrid beacons have been deployed across the nation, including the Phoenix and Tucson metro … Read More

Don’t Rely on the Luck o’ the Irish in 2018

St. Patrick’s Day is one of America’s favorite holidays. On this day all around the country, the bars run deep with green beer and, unfortunately, the roads grow dangerous with drunk drivers. Drinking and driving accounts for nearly one-third of vehicle-related fatalities in the United States. This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. If you plan … Read More

Put your phone away or get ready to pay.

As a driver, it’s your responsibility to keep yourself, your passengers, and those around you safe on the road. There are many rules to remember when you get behind the wheel, like always wearing a seat belt, driving sober, and obeying the posted speed limit. There is one thing you should add to that list: never use your phone while … Read More

U Drive,U Text, U Pay

Put Your Phone Away or Get Ready to Pay. Distracted Drivers Beware of U Drive. U Text. U Pay. For the past decade, distracted driving has taken the Arizona’s roads by storm, endangering not only those who drive distracted, but also those drivers’ passengers, adjacent vehicle occupants, and nearby pedestrians. Close to 900 people were killed in Arizona in 2016. … Read More

One half the people dying in car crashes in Arizona are not wearing seat belts

According to measures developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 507 people were killed in passenger vehicle crashes. 241 people were not restrained inside the vehicle According to measures developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 495 people were killed in passenger vehicle crashes. 256 people were not restrained inside the vehicle According to measures developed … Read More