Dec 13

Winter Break is Coming

Posted on December 13, 2018 at 1:12 PM by Adam Rosen

The last day of school for the Peoria Unified School District is next week. This means that you will see an increase in traffic and school-aged children who are out and about. You will see an increase in children in your neighborhoods, on bicycles and on foot. This is the time of year to be extra careful while driving and to focus on safety. 

With the increase in traffic during the holidays, plan ahead and be flexible with your time. Resist the urge to accelerate on a yellow light, always come to a complete stop at stop signs and remember to yield to oncoming traffic. Also, consider that winter is here and with the cold weather, our city can see some rain. Driving on wet roads require an extra dose of patience and more stopping time. 

With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is easy to skimp on sleep. Driving while drowsy is extremely dangerous so make sure you are well rested before driving. If you find yourself feeling drowsy, pull off of the road to a safe location and call for assistance. 

Do not text, e-mail or socialize on-line while driving. Distracted driving is dangerous and can cause an accident. Be sure to focus on the road while driving and stay off your phone. This includes surfing the internet in an attempt to locate a destination or find restaurants and shopping areas. If you need to get online on your phone, pull over to a safe location to do so and then get back on the road once you know where you are headed. 

And finally, this is the season for holiday parties. Never drink and drive. Even just one drink can cause impairment that can influence a driver’s decision-making skills. Always designate a driver who will remain alcohol free and who can safely get you home after your holiday outing.
Nov 29

One Drink is One Drink Too Many When Driving

Posted on November 29, 2018 at 8:28 AM by Adam Rosen

‘Tis the season to enjoy the holidays with family and friends, exchange gifts, and ring in the new yar. Unfortunately, it is also the time when more people enjoy drinks in celebration and take to the roadways.

We all hear the slogans: “Don’t drink and drive,” “Drive hammered, get nailed,” “Buzzed driving is drunk driving,” and many more. Every year, particularly during the holiday season, there are public awareness campaigns to try to convince people not to drink and drive, yet we continue to see significant numbers of accidents and death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over the last 5 years there has been an average of 300 deaths a year because of drunk driving. There were 781 people killed by drunk drivers in December 2016 alone. Nevertheless, even with these shocking numbers, people continue to make the fatal error of having a few drinks and getting behind the wheel.

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported, 5,119 people were arrested for DUI violations in December 2017. The average blood alcohol level was .145, almost twice the legal limit. People continue to drive after drinking knowing full well it is not only against the law but is dangerous to everyone.

A lot of the problem is people failing to be honest with themselves thinking they have not had enough to put them over the legal limit. The truth is one drink too many to drive.

This is the season of giving and I would like to give each of you a gift of advice. If you plan to go celebrate this holiday season, be honest with yourself on whether you will have alcohol and plan accordingly. Think ahead about how you will get home. Use a designated driver, call a cab or car service. If you do find yourself having had a drink or two and do not have a plan, do everyone a favor and do not get behind the wheel. One drink is one too many.

Nov 21

Nextdoor and Police Response

Posted on November 21, 2018 at 9:46 AM by Adam Rosen

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