Arizona was given a failing safety grade recently by a national highway safety group, with the state adopting less than a third of the laws the group considers basic to traffic safety.
The only state to rank lower than Arizona in the ninth annual report from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety was South Dakota. Arizona received poor rankings for its lack of strict laws on teen driving, seat belts and distracted driving.
Distracted driving has become a concern across the country, as cell phone use has continued to rise across all age groups. With the internet now available on most phones, the temptation for distraction is higher than it has ever been.
Jacqueline Gillan, the group’s president, said, “It doesn’t make sense when you look at the economic cost and carnage on the Arizona highways that they are still ignoring some really effective public health interventions that could really bring down deaths and injuries and costs for the state.”
The group said crashes killed more than 700 people in Arizona in 2010, at a cost estimated by state officials at $2.7 billion.
If Arizona’s lack of strict laws creates a more dangerous environment for motorists and riders, the state should pass the necessary laws to increase safety. Otherwise it is just asking for more auto and motorcycle accidents.
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