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Arizona highway deaths rose during pandemic, as driving was declining

Traffic deaths in Arizona surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, even as the number of miles driven in the state appeared to be decreasing, according to preliminary statistics from 2020. There were 1,072 deaths on the state’s highways in 2020, the most in at least the past 10 years and a sharp increase from the 980 deaths recorded in 2019, according to preliminary data from the Governor’s Office on Highway Safety.... Read more»

A move to ease the path for driverless vehicles draws fire from safety groups

U.S. transportation officials are seeking to ease deployment of driverless cars by amending certain safety standards, drawing strong protest from groups who say the move is premature because the safety of self-driving technology is unproven.... Read more»

Tougher seat belt laws could save more Arizona lives

Safety experts say Arizona's secondary seat belt laws put drivers at risk but the governor's office says statistics dispute such a claim.... Read more»

Safe at home? Not if home is Arizona, new report card says

Arizona got an “F” for its safety policies, scoring particularly poorly on traffic safety, in a new national ranking of how well states are prepared to deter preventable deaths. Arizona ranked 44th overall, but 48th for road safety, where it was nicked for weak or nonexistent laws on child passengers, seat belts, vulnerable road users and distracted driving.... Read more»

Highway fatalities in Arizona, nation continued three-year climb in 2016

Highway fatalities in Arizona rose from just over two per day in 2014 to an average of more than 2.6 per day last year, the highest level in nine years, according to the most recent estimates.... Read more»

Driverless Ubers back on Az roads, along with public’s qualms

Self-driving Uber test vehicles are back on the road in the Phoenix metro area, but not before the crash that temporarily sidelined the cars put the question of autonomous vehicles’ safety in the headlights.... Read more»