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Arizona traffic fatalities reached 15-year high in 2021, U.S. data shows

Arizona traffic fatalities hit their highest level in 15 years in 2021, when the state saw a 6.5% increase in highway deaths that experts blame in part on bad driving habits made worse during the pandemic. ... Read more»

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Arizona, national traffic deaths jumped in 2021; state outpaced nation

Arizona traffic deaths rose 18.4% in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the year before, far outpacing the national 12% increase in the same period, according to the latest numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ... Read more»

Pima County sheriff's deputies on look-out for Thanksgiving DUI offenders

The Pima County Sheriff's Department will step up enforcement of Arizona's drunk-driving laws this weekend.... Read more»

Arizona voters get new shot at legalizing recreational pot

Starting with early voting Oct. 7, Arizonans began casting ballots on Proposition 207, a voter initiative that would legalize cannabis, launch a retail market, designate where taxes would go and revamp penalties for possession. ... Read more»1

Despite distracted-driving law, Arizona still ranks low on highway safety

Arizona enacted a ban on texting while driving last year, after 10 years of trying, but it still wasn’t enough to pull the state from the bottom of a national report card on traffic safety laws. ... Read more»

Arizona highway crashes increase for 6th straight year

Motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities continued their steady six-year rise in Arizona in 2016, according to the most recent data from the state’s Department of Transportation.... Read more»

Jaywalking man killed Thursday in DUI crash

A man died after he was struck outside a crosswalk by a car driven by a suspected drunk driver on Thursday night, authorities said.... Read more»

Lax laws make Arizona roads among nation's most dangerous

Arizona continues to fall short in its adoption of key traffic and vehicle safety laws, according to a national report that ranked states Thursday. Although a texting-while-driving bill has garnered bipartisan support in past years, it has not passed — and a Tucson Democrat backing the measure says it's too important to let go.... Read more»1

Man arrested in fatal South Side crash Friday

One man died and another man arrested following a fatal collision involving a truck and a motorcycle on the South Side on Friday night, authorities said.... Read more»

As legal marijuana expands, states struggle with drugged driving

As more states make medical and recreational marijuana use legal, they increasingly are grappling with what constitutes DUID, or driving under the influence of drugs, and how to detect and prosecute it. And they’re finding it is more difficult than identifying and convicting drunken drivers.... Read more»

County attorney backs Uber promo to deter DUIs

The Pima County Attorney's Office is backing a promo by ride-booking service Uber that offers first-time riders $20 off their trip. Barbara LaWall said that she hopes “people will enjoy their holiday celebrations and also be responsible and take a free ride.”... Read more»

Free rides home for tipsy drivers - and cars

If you are planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve and have a few too many, AAA will give you and your car a free ride home. ... Read more»

Arizona again ranked among lowest states for traffic safety laws

Arizona continues to fall “dangerously behind” in its adoption of key traffic and vehicle safety laws, according to a national report that ranked states Wednesday. Although a texting-while-driving bill has garnered bipartisan support in past years, it has not passed — and a Tucson Democrat backing the measure says this year will be another tough fight.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Republican CD2 candidate Ed Martin interviewed

Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, DUI defense attorney Jim Nesci, Republican CD2 candidate Ed Martin, Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: The future of Ronstadt Transit Center

Downtown Tucson Partnership CEO Michael Keith, Founder of the Bus Riders Union Brian Flagg, President and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Lea Marquez-Peterson, Financial Adviser Shelly Fishman, DUI Defense Attorney Jim Nesci... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Remembering newsman Jeff Smith

Remembering oft-fired and always admired reporter and columnist Jeff Smith, who wrote at various times for the Tucson Citizen (twice), Tucson Weekly, Daily Star and New Times. The legendary newsman died this week at 67.... Read more»

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