We all know that the amount of traffic that currently traverses through Clifton on any given day at times can be mind boggling. To that extent all drivers who happen to be caught in traffic that seems to be never ending the below traffic safety tips will help you to avoid a traffic mishap and keep you and your passengers safe.
Though these may seem like common sense to you, Arizona traffic rules and laws exist for a reason. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, so do not take any unnecessary risks.
1. Make the smart choice ~ Don’t Drink and Drive: Drive only when you are fully alert. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in Arizona while your ability to do so is impaired by alcohol. Specifically, you may not drive when your blood alcohol level is at or over .08 nor you are not to drive if your ability is impaired by drugs.
2. Use seat belts: The impact from a collision at 30 miles per hour, when not restrained by a seat belt, is the same as falling from a three-story building. Seat belts save lives when worn properly; they prevent you from being thrown around the inside of a crashing vehicle or, worse, thrown completely out of the vehicle. You and your passengers have a greater chance of surviving if you are wearing your seat belt. Make sure everyone including children are buckled in.
3. Avoid Distractions: “Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.” Drive alert with both hands on the steering wheel. When you are behind the wheel you need to focus on just
one job, driving the vehicle. Cellphone talk/texting causes distractions. Eating/drinking, applying
makeup/shaving or interaction among passengers also diverts a driver's attention in potentially
deadly ways. Do not text and drive … pull over to talk if you are using a cellular phone.
4. Tailgating: A general rule of thumb is there should be at least a three second space between you
and the other vehicle. When traveling at night or inclement weather, leave even more space open
between yourself and the other car. When stopping make sure that you can see the entire rear
wheels of the car in front of you. This will prevent the typical rear-ender/chain reaction type of
collision; Driving too close is not only rude, but it can make the person in front of you anxious and/or
5. Obey the speed limits: Remember as your speed increases so does your braking distance. If you
double your speed, you quadruple your braking distance. Slow down when road and weather
conditions are poor. Always follow posted speed limits; do not exceed them.
6. Changing Lanes: Always use caution when changing lanes. Cutting in front of someone, changing
lanes too fast or not using your signals may cause an accident or upset other drivers. Remember
that lanes go according to speed. The furthest left lane is the "fast lane," and the furthest right lane
is the "slow lane." Therefore, if cars are passing you on the right, you should move over to the right
and allow cars to pass on the left. By the same token, you should always pass on the left, not on
7. Watch Out for the Other Guy: Expect the other drivers to make the mistakes. Driving prepared
requires awareness, make sure you check your mirrors and keep an eye on side streets so you will
know which other cars are around you and how they are driving. Do not focus only on the road in
front of your car — look ahead so you are aware what is happening 50 to 100 yards up the road.
8. Reduce your risks: Practice courtesy at all times. Don't cut people off or make sudden stops or
lane changes. Obey traffic control devices. A STOP SIGN means come to a COMPLETE STOP. Be
cautious when approaching intersections. A yellow light means clear the intersection – DO NOT try
to beat the RED LIGHT. Make yourself visible. Day or night, always turn your headlights on, use
your running lights, and make sure your tail lights are working. Use your signal lights so others on
the road know what you are going to do. Do not Tailgate.
9. Share the road: When an emergency vehicle is flashing its lights/sounding its siren, all other cars
must yield the right of way, and move closely over to the right as far as possible, until the
emergency vehicle(s) have passed. Understand the Right of Way: If you approach an intersection
and there are other cars there before you, you must allow them to go first. When two drivers on
opposite sides of the intersection reach it simultaneously, a driver that is turning left has to yield to
the car that is either going straight or turning right. A driver must yield to pedestrians using
crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked. Be cautious of school buses, cyclists, motorcyclists,
pedestrians and the Big Horn Sheep. Always be on the lookout for and yield to these vulnerable
10. Have your vehicle serviced regularly: A well-maintained vehicle is a safe vehicle.
Clifton Town Council Mission:
The mission of your Clifton Town Council is to protect the quality of life for
all Clifton residents, preserve our town’s heritage, community services and
promote transparent and responsive city government through organized
support. Our goal is to guarantee these values by insuring our residents
have a seat at policy and budget formulation.
"Law enforcement officers are never 'off duty.' They are dedicated public servants
who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place when the peace is
threatened. They need all the help that they can get.”
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