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  • DOT reminds motorists to drive safe

    May 12, 2016 | Read More News
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    road safetyPima County’s Transportation Department reminds motorists to take precautions while driving to stay safe on the road and reduce their chance of becoming a car accident victim or causing one. 

    In 2014, Pima County roadway crashes resulted in 16 deaths and 728 injuries. Statewide, those numbers were even more staggering at 774 deaths and 50,890 injuries. 

    “This is a frightful toll and, in some cases, they could have been easily prevented or minimized if those involved had slowed down or put their phone away,” said Seth Chalmers, DOT traffic engineering division manager.

    DOT recommends motorists take these safety precautions while driving:
    • Do not drive impaired
    • Do not text, email, or talk on a cell phone while driving and avoid other distractions
    • Wear seat belts
    • Use child restraints, helmets, or other protective gear, as appropriate
    • Drive at a reasonable speed
    • Allow enough space between your vehicle and the one in front to avoid something unexpected
    • Be patient, not aggressive
    • Watch for pedestrians and cyclists, and kids
    Pedestrians and cyclists should also take precautions to reduce their exposure to vehicles. They can do this by using designated crossings and areas of travel available to them, such as sidewalks, bike lanes, shoulders, and paths. In addition, they should also never assume that drivers can see them or that they will yield to them. Instead, they should make themselves more visible to motorist by waving their arm, using bike lights, and wearing safety vests.

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