Green means go, right? Even when there’s something really big, with really bright flashing lights. Yet somehow a driver missed all those cues — “The Jeep’s driver told the responding police officer that he didn’t realize the bus was going to stop at the railroad tracks and kept driving because there was a green light”.
Crash Southern Ave eastbound @ RR tracks (Kyrene)
I hope the victim, who said he is “immersed in pain” considers the horrendous negligence exhibited by drivers along the many fast roads in Tempe and works to do something about it. He is a candidate for Tempe City council.
Other odd tidbits “(TPD spokesperson) said the officer could not determine if texting was involved and the driver was not cited for distracted driving” indicates that Tempe Police are not doing thorough investigations of the many serious traffic crashes that occur on a daily basis, they just accept whatever the surviving driver tells them and move on the next one.
In case you’re wondering what “rule of the road” went wrong here, it would be Arizona’s speed law; which is also known as the basic speed law:
28-701. Reasonable and prudent speed
A. A person shall not drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances, conditions and actual and potential hazards then existing. A person shall control the speed of a vehicle as necessary to avoid colliding with any object, person, vehicle or other conveyance on, entering or adjacent to the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to exercise reasonable care for the protection of others.
The Jeep driver clearly failed to control speed. Drives who rear-end others generally have some excuse, generally along the lines of whatever they struck whether it be a bicyclist or whatever shouldn’t have been in their way; but of course there is no such duty.
The driver obviously caused an injury, but was he or she reckless? “A person commits assault by… Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing any physical injury to another person”. Police and prosecutors don’t even go there; it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy that #distracted drivers cannot be held culpable for their actions.
Tempe City Council hopeful Marc Norman was injured in a car [a-word redacted] this week after his vehicle was pushed under a school bus.