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Commuting times, costs fell sharply during pandemic year

Cities across Arizona and the U.S. saw drops of 50% or more in the number of hours and dollars they wasted sitting in traffic, and a reduction in gasoline burned while idling in a traffic jam, as the COVID-19 pandemic led to sharp drops in commuting and subsequent declines in traffic congestion.... Read more»

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Justices rule tribal police can search non-Natives on reservation roads

The U.S. Supreme Court was unanimous in holding that tribal officers can temporarily detain and search non-Natives traveling on public roads running through a reservation if there is reasonable suspicion a state or federal crime has been committed.... Read more»


Report road hazards, graffiti & other issues

Is your drive home less than smooth? Use our mapping tool from SeeClickFix to report everything from potholes and graffiti to broken streetlights and overgrown weeds and keep watch over your neighborhood... Read more»

Tucson, Phoenix metros among top 25 for pedestrian death rate

Tucson and Phoenix ranked among the top 25 metro areas in the nation for pedestrian death rates from 2008 to 2012, according to a study released Wednesday.... Read more»

Oracle Road closed south of Grant

Oracle Road will be closed in both directions south of Grant Road until about 6 a.m. Friday, a city spokesman said.... Read more»

Off to work they go

Majority of Pinal workers commute outside county

Andrew Clegg’s commute from his Arizona City home to his former job in Maricopa County took 45 to 90 minutes on a good day – hours if there was a wreck on Interstate 10. The Census Bureau last week confirmed what Clegg knew: It wasn’t the distance that made the trip so long, it was the tens of thousands of others heading in the same direction at the same time.... Read more»

Mt. Lemmon Highway reopens, other roads still wet

The Mt. Lemmon Highway reopened Thursday, after being shut to all but residents and employees following heavy snow. Other county roads remain affected by the winter storm, with some flooded.... Read more»

Snowstorm closes Mt. Lemmon Highway, other roads

Due to snow and high winds, the Mt. Lemmon Highway is closed at its base to all but residents and employees with chains or four-wheel drive vehicles. Four other county roads were closed Wednesday afternoon, and caution is advised at a dozen others. Here's the list:... Read more»

Officials urge licenses, training to reduce motorcycle deaths

Saying that increased traffic congestion and a lack of training can be a deadly combination for motorcyclists, state officials are urging riders to get instruction and required licenses before taking to the roads.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Arizona needs a law to be ready for driverless cars

Imagine a day when cars zip smoothly along while drivers, their hands nowhere near the wheel, blithely peruse their tablets and smartphones. It may sound like science fiction, but it’s a day one Arizona lawmaker says is fast-approaching.... Read more»

Bill: Require school buses to use lights, stop signs on private roads

Requiring school buses to flash lights and display stop signs while picking up or letting off children on private roads would help prevent accidents like one that claimed the life of an eastern Arizona girl in 2008, a state lawmaker says.... Read more»

Report: Az traffic-safety laws tie for 3rd worst in U.S.

Arizona was one of only six states to get a failing grade for its traffic safety laws, according a new national report that cited the state's lack of motorcycle helmet and texting-while-driving laws, as well as its relatively few restrictions on teen drivers' licenses. ... Read more»

New Year's DUIs dampen spirits of 65 drivers

The Southern Arizona DUI Task Force arrested 65 drivers who were charged with drunk driving over New Year's. Officers handed out 441 other tickets, and found 21 suspected underage drinkers on Sunday and Monday.... Read more»

Mt. Lemmon Highway closed, other roads flooded

Due to heavy mountain snow, the Mt. Lemmon Highway is closed at its base to all but residents with four-wheel-drive vehicles with tire chains. Two other county roads are closed, and caution is advised at nearly two dozen others. Here's the list:... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Phoenix: Parking lot city

I've read that some 43 percent of the city of Phoenix alone is empty land. It would be interesting to know how much of the city is surface parking lots.... Read more»2

Traffic deaths: Surprising dimension to red state-blue state divide

The nation’s red and blue states often are miles apart in social attitudes and, of course, political outlook. It turns out that they also divide into distinct camps when it comes to a grimmer measure — fatal traffic accidents.... Read more»

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