Auto Mania : Cars, Consumers, and the Environment
“…Auto Mania explores developments that touched the environment”. Continue reading Auto Mania
There are a couple of slants in this story by Sarah Fensky appearing in the Phoenix New Times: “It took less than one drink to get Shannon Wilcutt busted for felony DUI“
If the WSJ (editors, of course. Red Tape Rising, March 21, 2008) is to be believed, the Bush administration has unleashed a last-minute flood of not only expensive but mis-guided regulations on America. Singled out for scrutiny is the modest reduction in allowable levels of man-made ozone pollution. Continue reading Who pays for ozone pollution?
How much of these costs are socialized? The report makes no attempt to quantify this, some of the stories correctly note that some of these costs filter through to many other things, such as health care/insurance.
Why doesn’t our press bother to cover this? The only localized story I could find was KPNX-12 . Once again we have risen to near the top nationwide, sixth out of 85 not too shabby! This goes hand-in-hand with Arizona’s impressively high traffic fatality rate. Which is something else the press isn’t interested in.
…The report looked at 85 cities across the nation. Phoenix ranks sixth with the highest costs due to crashes. According to the study, it costs $1,368.00 extra per person in the Valley when there is a crash. The national average is $1,052.00 per person.
— Crashes Cost Everyone, KPNX-12
All of the 2006 state-by-state figures are now available, as I predicted — see Arizona leads the nation — fatality rates in Arizona which were already high, have climbed again. Both the per capita traffic fatality rate and per mile rate are now 46% higher than the US as a whole. The per capita rate is over 3 times worse than the “best state”.
And for bicyclists, there is hopeful news, the 2006 number of Arizona cyclist fatalities at 29 (out of 1288 total) seems to be in line with historical trends. The 2005 number was atypically high at 35. Continue reading More Shocking Arizona Fatality Stats
If it’s legislative season, it must be time to fiddle with the DUI laws. Again. Continue reading Senate bills propose stiffer DUI penalties
The overall number killed on ATV’s are similar to the number killed on bicycles. It begs the question, is it more dangerous to ride an ATV than it is a bicycle? Continue reading ATV Safety
First, to understand the legal position you must first understand what the State of Arizona says about Sidewalk Cycling in Arizona.
I was taken aback by this newspaper story Bicyclists, motorists go by same rules, The Daily Courier (Prescott, AZ), Jan 31, 2008. Continue reading Sidewalk Cycling in Prescott Valley, Arizona