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Keep Each Other Safe in June, and All Year

The National Safety Council (NSC) has designated June as National Safety Month. While safety, of course, is a concern throughout the year, the NSC takes June to focus on particular issues that threaten the safety of Americans, with a goal of reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, in our homes, and in our communities. The NSC will target a specific safety issue for each week during the month. Week 1: Stand Up to Falls: Accidental falls are a significant cause of injury, in particular for older Americans. The...
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Tucson Potholes: It’s Not Always Good to Be No. 1

It is generally good to aspire to be number one. Being on top is usually a sign of excellence and superiority. That is, unless you are on top of a list that has negative connotations. Regrettably, Tucson is at the top of the list when it comes to cities with pothole issues. In a report from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management for Making Action Possible (MAP), Tucson streets are the worst among 11 Western urban regions. This puts Tucson at the top of their pothole index. In fact, the report states that...
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Thank You to Tucson, AZ Police

Did you have a nice Memorial Day weekend? Was it filled with hamburgers, laughs, family and friends? While we were gratefully enjoying the freedoms afforded us by those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, the Tucson police department doubled-down on its efforts to protect us. The job of law enforcement is often difficult, lonely and sometimes even dangerous. It means time spent away from family and loved ones, dealing with members of the public who are not following the laws of our state. When it comes to traffic laws, these regulations are meant...
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Support the Pedestrian Advisory Committee

As of March 30, the city of Tucson has instituted a review process to consider the status of the city’s 62 boards, commissions and committees. Among those committees being reviewed is the pedestrian advisory committee. The pedestrian advisory committee was created four years ago to address the issue of pedestrian injuries and deaths in Tucson. At the time, Tucson was considered for inclusion on a federal watch list because of the high numbers. Despite the committee’s best efforts, however, the numbers have not drastically improved. It is true that in few cases can real change...
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Infrastructure Taxes Up, but Penalties for Hazardous Workplaces Down

Results from the only item on the special-election ballot sent out in April have been tallied, and Tucson voters have chosen to approve Prop 101, a raise of a half-cent on the city’s sales tax. The tax will cost the average citizen an estimated $3 per month and is expected to raise more than $250 million in the course of the next five years, 60 percent of which will be spent on updating the Tucson Police and Fire Departments’ fleet of vehicles. The rest is proposed to upgrade and repair local roads. Previously, Tucson’s sales...
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Pedestrian Injuries: A Story that is all too Common in Tucson.

It has become a story that is all too common in Tucson. On March 30, a pedestrian was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident while crossing West Congress Street. The pedestrian’s name and condition were not available. On March 24, 42-year-old Guthrie Moreno, a pedestrian, was hit by a 1985 GMC Suburban while crossing Craycroft Road north of East 29th Street. Moreno died shortly after being transported to Banner University Medical Center. On March 19, two people, 17-year-old Hailey Newton and Taviel Tyler, 7, died and five others were injured when a 23-year-old man driving...
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March: Brain Injury Awareness Month

While any injury or disease may be tragic, perhaps none are so tragic as acquired brain injuries (ABI) or their subset, traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Brain injuries are not only physical, but they have the potential to change the very essence of the individuals who fall victim to them. And they are more common than most people think. The Brain Injury Association of America estimates that more than 12 million people in the United States live with the outcome of an acquired brain injury, with more than 3.5 million new injuries occurring each year. As...
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Gaps in Arizona Highway Safety

Whether you’re just passing through the state on I-10 through Phoenix or simply driving to work down W. Cushing in Tucson’s Barrio Historico, a recent report from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) suggests you may have one of the most statistically dangerous rides in the entire country. Arizona is one of the three most dangerous states in which to drive, and has been at the bottom of the list for the last five years, surpassed by only Wyoming and South Dakota. Ratings were made based on a list of 15 desirable safety...
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Fatal Auto Accidents on the Rise

In a reversal of a 40-year downward trend, the number of fatal auto accidents is now increasing. Let American Know reports that in 2015, there was a 7.2 percent increase in fatal auto accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) projects that 2016 will be even worse, with an 8 percent increase in fatal auto accidents. Even people who are not in vehicles are at a higher risk. Car-pedestrian and car-bike fatalities are also on the rise. Smartphones are often blamed for the spike in traffic fatalities and accidents. According to the latest data from the Pew...
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What Happened to Our Motorcycle Helmet Law?

Motorcycles are fun and provide a freedom not found in cars; but in the case of an accident, they also provide less safety, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Using statistics from the NHSTA and U.S. DOT, in 2015 the NHSTA reported that for every mile driven, the odds of being fatally injured in a motor vehicle crash is 27 times higher for motorcycles than cars. The report also concludes that helmet use is about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries. Despite these...
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