Arizona’s Craziest Laws That are Still in the Books

Craziest Laws in AZ That Are Still In the Books.

 

1. Any misdemeanor committed while wearing a red mask is considered a felony.

     If you’re going to commit a misdemeanor, do it in a black mask, or a white mask, just          not a red one.  Or no mask at all, it’s just a misdemeanor. 

2. Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.

     No one likes a dirty donkey… or do they?

3. A class 2 misdemeanor occurs if one places a mark upon a flag which is “likely to provoke physical retaliation”.

     If marking a flag causes a fight, you’re getting in trouble for both.

4. It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.

     In one of the driest states in the Union, which can reach 120 degrees, this law is                  understandable. 

5. Globe AZ – Cards may not be played in the street with a Native American.

     Played anywhere else?  Yes.  Just not in the streets.  That’s just illogical. 

6. Mohave County – A decree declares that anyone caught stealing soap must wash himself with it until it is all used up.

     If you steal soap, you are going to wind up really, really clean. 

7. Nogales – An ordinance prohibits the wearing of suspenders.

     Better get a nice belt!

8. Prescott – No one is permitted to ride their horse up the stairs of the county court house.

     I can only imagine what happened to make this law go into effect. 

 

The Most Common Injury in a Car Accident

Whiplash is the most common injury that happens in a car accident.  Even in a small rear end collision, whiplash is a possibility.  Whiplash is caused when the head is violently jolted back and then forward, or vise versa, in a whip like movement.  This causes the neck muscles and ligaments to be stretched faster and farther than usual, causing a sprain.   It can also be caused when a car is hit from the side, and the neck is forcibly rotated at a high speed.

Symptoms of whiplash can include pain and stiffness of the neck.  It can take several hours after the accident for the symptoms to occur, so don’t assume that because you don’t feel them at first, they aren’t going to show up.  In about half of the cases, most pain and stiffness will occur the day after the accident.

Turning the neck, or bending the neck may become difficult and painful.  Stiffness and pain in the shoulders and upper back may also occur.  Headaches are a very common symptom as well, causing dizziness, pain in the jaw, and blurred vision.  These symptoms can make it hard to concentrate, with a feeling of irritability and mental fatigue.

In a lot of cases, treatment will be required, as well as medication.  It is a good idea to be checked out by a doctor anyway.  You can choose your doctor, but if you don’t know what doctor to go to or don’t have insurance Phillips and Lyon can refer you to a doctor who will wait until your case is over to collect payment.  Always get checked out if you are hurting – It’s better to be safe than sorry.

How to be a Better Defensive Driver

Being a better defensive driver can save you a lot of trouble, time, and money.  Here are some tips to help you out so you don’t find yourself in an accident.

Avoid Distractions.  While driving, you should always keep your focus on the road.  It may be difficult these days, but it is a must.  That means don’t text while driving; avoid talking on the phone, and avoid shuffling through your music files while on the road.  It’s also a good idea to turn your music down so that you can focus on what’s happening around you.  Always be scanning the road.  You should keep your eyes moving around at all time.  Notice your surroundings, they can change at any second and you need to be ready for those changes.  Also notice any changes in the weather.  High winds, rain, and low visibility can make it very difficult to drive and could cause serious injury if you get into a collision.  Controlling your car in these situations ads extra risk, so be extra cautious, and drive a little slower to avoid skidding out, or running into others in low visibility situations.

Keeping your vehicle properly maintained is also very important.  A safely maintain vehicle can be a valuable tool in avoiding car accidents.  Make sure you tires are properly inflated, and all of your fluids are at the right levels.  Make sure that your all of your signals are working, and that you use them every time you need to change lanes, or turn onto a street or into a business.  Wearing your seatbelt at all times is also a way to avoid serious injury.  Vehicle safety is often overlooked, which can cause personal injury that could have been easily avoided.

One thing that you can do to avoid many car accidents is yielding to other vehicles, whether you have the right of way or not.  If the other person is not paying attention, you can pay extra attention to avoid a collision.  You might have to put your ego aside, but it will be worth it in the end.  Watching out for the other person as well as yourself will save you from a car accident, no matter how big or small.

Tailgating another car is a sure way to get into an accident.  If they are going to slow, wait until it is safe and clear to change lanes, and proceed to pass them.  Don’t get aggressive and try to bully them to go faster.  If they stop short for any reason, you will not have time break or room swerve out of the way and avoid an accident.

All in all, being a safer driver can be very beneficial to you, and your car.  No one likes getting into accidents, so anything you can do to avoid them will make your future a little better.

What to Do After a Car Accident

When you’re in a car accident it can be both confusing, and frightening.  Here are some steps to take to ensure your safety, and the safety of your passengers, while protecting your legal rights.

Step 1:  Make sure that you and your passengers are safe, and uninjured.  Do not get out of the car unless it is safe to do so.  Move the cars out of the road only if it’s a minor accident.  In a major accident, leave the cars where they are so that the police can properly file a report.

Step 2:  Call the police as soon as possible.  A report will need to be filed to keep legal documentation of the accident for insurance purposes.  Also call medical aid if you or your passengers are seriously injured.  Remember, just because you don’t feel any pain after the accident, it doesn’t meant that you are not hurt.  Your adrenaline could be high and you may not feel the pain.  You could also have damage to your neck and back that won’t set in until a while after the accident, so always take the proper precautions and call an ambulance to be checked out.

Step 3:  Do not admit fault to the accident.  To protect yourself legally, do not discuss the accident with anyone other than the police and your insurance company. Never say you’re sorry.  Saying your sorry could be used against you later, even if the accident is not your fault.

Step 4:  Gather as much information as you can about the accident, and from the other driver.  Get all of the other driver’s information.  Get their insurance information.  The make, model, and color of their car, including license plate number.  Take pictures of the scene, and pictures of the damage that was done to your car.  Note the location and time of the accident.  Gather information from any witnesses is possible.

Step 5:  Call a personal injury attorney.  Your rights need to be protected, so you do not get taken advantage of by your insurance company, or the other drivers’ insurance company.

 

The effects of a car accident can last for weeks, and possibly even years, depending on its size.  Being prepared, and gathering all the right information can make a big difference.

Photo Radar in Phoenix

It seems like Phoenix and surrounding cities have installed photo radar everywhere.  Is it even worth it to speed any more?  Is Arizona trying to avoid car accidents and make our roads safer or are they just generating revenue?   This is the debate.

A lot of people have decided it’s too hard to keep track of where all the photo radar cameras are and just set the cruise at the speed limit so there are no worries.  This is probably the best resolution to the problem especially since most cities are using the portable “van radar” instead of the stationary cameras.

The thing I hate about the photo radar is that most people tend to slow down when they see the camera EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT SPEEDING.  Have you ever noticed the average speed around the radar cameras is 5 mph LESS then the speed limit.  Why?

There will always be those people who like to speed no matter what the consequence.  I don’t know if it’s more dangerous for them to speed or to speed and suddenly slow down when a speed camera is coming up.

Per DPS officer, James Warriner, “If it is a 55 mile-per-hour zone the camera will get drivers going 11 miles over but if the limit is 65 or above the camera will snap drivers going only ten miles over.”  He also mentions that the ticket costs about $181.00.

So people say if you get the ticket in the mail, just ignore it and dodge the process server and you will be fine.  This may be true, BUT the courts do have the right to suspend your license or registration if you avoid a ticket and sometimes they do this.

Arizona is one of the leading states in motor vehicle accidents and if anything, hopefully the speed cameras can cut the accident, injury and fatality rates significantly.