To understand how a drink can lead to impairment, it important to have an understanding of what impairment is. In Arizona, the Department of Public Safety defines impaired driving as a reduction in performing critical tasks, such as driving, because of the direct effect of alcohol or some other drug. Impairment due to drugs could be due to prescription or illegal drugs
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the average person has a 30 percent chance of either being injured or killed by a drunk driver. In fact, according to statistics, in 2003 nearly 42 percent of all traffic deaths were alcohol related. Sadly, drunk driving accidents are still a leading cause of death. Clearly, driving drunk is a public safety issue which can result not only in death, but also catastrophic injuries for those involved.
A burn is classified as a chemical burn when a corrosive or irritating material such as an acid or base comes in contact with a person's skin or eyes. Even though skin serves as a barrier to protect internal organs from the outside world, a chemical exposure may result in a reaction which penetrates the skin and affects not only the skin but also other organs in the body.
News reports about a car accident caused by a distracted driver are not uncommon to read. Though many states now have laws banning texting and driving for all drivers, our Arizona residents will find it interesting to learn that currently, Arizona law only bans school bus drivers from using wireless devices when behind the wheel.
Our Arizona readers who are fans of the hit show American Horror Story may find it interesting to learn that actor Dalton Gray, who played the role of Master Mike on the latest season, recently suffered injuries in a car accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines an accident caused by drowsy driving as one which occurred because the driver of the vehicle was fatigued, actually asleep behind the wheel or drowsy when driving.
Dog owners in the State of Arizona will find it helpful to learn that under current Arizona animal control laws dogs are not permitted to roam at large. Dog owners have a responsibility to ensure that their dogs are secured and confined on their property. Additionally, when a dog is not on its owner's property, it must be on a leash and under the control of the owner at all times. The leash should not be greater than six feet long.
Large semi-trucks are a common sight on Arizona roads. Unfortunately, when a semi truck is involved in an accident with a smaller vehicle, the occupants of the smaller vehicle often suffer serious injury or even death.
Arizona residents may find it interesting to learn that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention being involved in a truck accident during the course of one's regularly assigned task of trucking on roadways is a leading cause of fatalities for truck drivers.
When it comes to getting from one place to the next, every person has a different preference. Some may choose to take public transit such as a bus, others may choose to ride their motorcycle or bicycle, and yet some others may choose to drive a car or even walk. To have an understanding of the traffic safety facts which the U.S. Department of Transportation generates, it is important to look at how USDOT defines pedestrians when estimating the number that is injured or killed.