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Friday 05/06/2016
ADOT Weekend Freeway Travel Advisory (May 6-9)
Posted: May 06, 2016


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Tuesday 01/12/2016
AAA Advice: Are there driving dangers lurking in your medicine cabinet?
Posted: January 12, 2016

There’s a hidden driving danger in homes across the country: prescription medications. Recent polling shows that nearly half of all Americans reported taking one or more prescription drug in the past 30 days, while nearly one in three reported taking two or more during that same period. Recent data shows there’s no slowing down when it comes to dispensing prescriptions, as the average number of prescriptions dispensed annually per person has jumped 62 percent since the early 1990s.

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Monday 12/14/2015
AAA Advice: Tools to keep senior drivers safer
Updated: January 12, 2016 - 4:48 pm

Despite the common assumption that senior drivers are dangerous drivers, the fact is that older drivers as a group are typically among the safest on the road. However, due to increased frailty that occurs as we age, senior drivers are more likely to become injured or die when involved in a traffic crash. In 2014 alone, 152 seniors age 65 and older died and 2,312 were injured in traffic crashes in Arizona.

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Monday 11/30/2015
Drivers distracted for nearly 30 seconds after using in-vehicle technology
Updated: January 12, 2016 - 4:48 pm

Motorists who limit their smartphone usage behind the wheel likely believe they are driving safely, but recent research shows they may be mistaken. This data shows that drivers who use in-vehicle technology may be distracted for an alarming amount of time after using the devices.

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Friday 08/14/2015
AAA Advice: Nation’s roadways, bridges in dire straits
Updated: December 14, 2015 - 1:27 pm

Our transportation infrastructure is crumbling around us. 

An example is the bridge that collapsed in July near Desert Center, Calif. It closed a section of Interstate 10 and led to hundreds of calls, inquiries and re-routed trips from AAA members. While this was an inconvenience to motorists, it will entail a costly fix for California.

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Friday 06/19/2015
Deadly days of summer: Teen crashes pose risk to all
Posted: June 19, 2015

Though teen crashes have fallen in recent years largely due to stronger licensing laws and voluntary delays in teens obtaining their license, car crashes remain a leading cause of death for teens. However, new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that teen drivers aren’t the only ones at risk. In fact, the majority of crashes caused by teen drivers result in injuries and death to other drivers and passengers.

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Saturday 04/11/2015
AAA advice: New research shines light on teen driver distractions
Updated: June 16, 2015 - 10:05 am

While April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, as a safety advocate, AAA urges drivers to avoid distractions all year. That’s because any distraction can pose a serious threat to all motorists.

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Thursday 03/12/2015
Tools to keep senior drivers safer
Updated: June 16, 2015 - 10:05 am

As the fastest growing population in the country, people aged 65 and older will account for 25 percent of drivers in the United States by 2025. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 86 percent of those aged 65 and older still drive.

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Thursday 02/19/2015
AAA urges legislators to secure transportation funding
Updated: April 10, 2015 - 1:29 pm

With state leaders tasked with the unenviable feat of balancing the state’s budget, it’s certain that trade-offs will need to be made as programs compete for limited resources. However, as elected leaders grapple with making these tough decisions, it’s critically important that cuts to the Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF) are not among the accepted compromises.

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Tuesday 12/30/2014
AAA calls on Takata, auto manufacturers to fix faulty airbags
Updated: April 10, 2015 - 1:29 pm

Airbags are one of the most important safety advances in vehicles. Since required by the government in 1989, airbags have saved thousands of lives. However, recent recalls have cast a dim shadow over their efficacy.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Bah, humbug! Avoid insurance pitfalls during gift-giving season
Updated: March 10, 2015 - 10:19 am

As you make your list and check it twice, don’t forget to add one more item on your to-do list: checking your insurance policy to ensure you’re covered. To avoid unwanted surprises in Santa’s bag, gift-givers need to understand that some gifts may come with a higher price tag on their insurance premiums, and some may not be covered at all.

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Saturday 11/15/2014
Falling asleep at the wheel: 1 in 5 fatal crashes involve fatigued drivers
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Despite overwhelmingly recognizing the risks of drowsy driving, recent data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS) shows that nearly three in 10 drivers have reported driving dangerously drowsy within the last month. Though that may surprise you, it shouldn’t. Recent traffic fatality statistics show that fatigue-related traffic deaths are much higher than originally thought. In fact, AAAFTS reports that over 20 percent — one in five — fatal crashes in the United States involve a drowsy driver. This is ten-fold higher than the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) previously conservative estimate of just over two percent during 2005 to 2009.

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Monday 10/13/2014
5 points to review with your teen before handing over the keys
Updated: April 10, 2015 - 1:29 pm

Despite making strides in reducing the number of teen driver deaths in recent years, the sad fact is that motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death for teenagers. The statistics remain sobering. According to data from the Arizona Department of Transportation, over three teen lives were lost every month over the last seven years.

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Friday 09/19/2014
5 lesser-known facts about child passenger safety
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 1:47 pm

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle deaths for children age 12 and under have dropped by approximately 43 percent over the last decade. Despite this positive news, the fact remains that car crashes remain a leading cause of death for children.

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Friday 08/08/2014
Back to school safety test all families should take
Updated: February 06, 2015 - 4:03 pm

Going back to school is a hectic time for families; juggling supply lists and schedules is enough to make any parent frazzled. It’s easy to understand how safety may sometimes take a backseat during these preparations. As a leader in traffic safety, AAA suggests all families take this important quiz to brush up on their knowledge to ensure a safe start to the school year.

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Monday 06/09/2014
Here comes the sun: The 100 deadliest days for teen drivers
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Teens from all over the state are anxiously ditching backpacks and books for a variety of summer activities. These less structured days often mean more time behind the wheel as these young drivers have the time and the desire to gain much-needed driving experience. Before handing over the keys, parents should know car crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens, with the next three months being acutely dangerous for teens.

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Sunday 04/13/2014
6 national parks kids need to see
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Family road trips are an important piece of our heritage, so it’s likely that most of us have a special road trip tucked away as a favorite childhood memory. Mine was a summer jaunt to visit family in Lake Stevens, Wash. Endless “license plate game” and “cyclops” hours later, and we arrived at our first main stop — Redwood National Park. As I unfolded myself out of our station wagon, I’ll never forget my jaw-dropping awe as I peered to look up at these giant trees kissing the sky. Although we camped only a night among the canopies of these behemoths, it’s that part of the two-week trip that was forever etched in my memory. As an adult and parent, state and national parks remain a favorite; there’s something about the unspoiled beauty and beckoning adventure that makes everyone feel like a kid.

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Friday 03/14/2014
Travel experiences to match your interests
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Do you consider yourself a food and wine connoisseur? Perhaps you’re seeking to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce stress. Or, maybe you’re a thrill seeker, pursuing your latest adventure. During vacations, you’ve probably squeezed in a good meal, a hike, or maybe a massage. But what if these interests were the focus of your next vacation?

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Sunday 02/16/2014
AAA urges legislators to take action to minimize risks of the road
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 5:46 pm

As a leader in driver safety, AAA recognizes the recent strides our legislators have made in making Arizona roads safer. Fewer children will be killed in motor crashes, thanks to our stronger child passenger law. In addition, stranded motorists, roadside assistance crews, and road maintenance now receive the added protection of our Move Over law. And in 2007, we made modest improvements to our state’s graduated driver license (GDL) law, providing a safer learning environment for young drivers by minimizing passenger distractions and nighttime driving risks.

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Tuesday 12/24/2013
AAA urges Christmas caution on the roads
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 5:46 pm

AAA Arizona doesn’t want you to become a statistic this holiday season.

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