Although Arizona officials warned people of safety around water, fireworks and driving before July 4, the state has seen a number of accidents and fatalities. tragedies over the long weekend.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the pandemic reduced public holiday traffic over the weekend of July 4, 2020.
This year, however, “it is highly likely that the collisions coincided with an increase in traffic caused by more drivers,” department spokesman Bart Graves said in a statement.
Motorway traffic stops compared to last year
Statewide, there were a total of 8,270 roadside checks carried out from July 2 to 4, according to the Arizona governor’s traffic safety office. This is an increase from the total of 5,240 traffic stops last year from July 3-5, but not to the 2019 level of 15,174.
There have been several violent crashes on freeways across the state. Six people died and several people were injured in a three-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 10 near Tonopah on Friday, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
A three-vehicle crash on Loop 202 and 17th Avenue sent four people to hospital on Saturday morning, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.
Another major accident occurred at Mesa, which briefly closed the eastbound lanes of US 60 on Sunday evening, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The driver of a overturned SUV was taken to a local hospital but later died.
There have also been two other fatal crashes in rural parts of the state, Graves said.
DUIs over the bank holiday weekend have increased
The total number of impaired driving arrests also increased in 2021, with a total of 448 arrests from the total of 190 in 2020 and 512 in 2019, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. Arizona. The average blood alcohol level for drivers suspected of drunk driving this year was 0.15%.
According to the American Drug Addiction Centers, starting with a blood alcohol level of 0.15%, people lose control of their balance and voluntary muscles, have difficulty walking and speaking, and may begin to vomit.
Police said a man in a multiple-vehicle crash along Grand Avenue early Monday morning was showing signs of impairment and was cited after the incident, which killed two people and sent six more to the hospital.
A 34-year-old woman, a 53-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman were taken to hospital in critical condition. A 3-year-old and a pair of 1.5-year-old twins were taken to hospital in stable condition.
Water-related incidents included drownings and personal watercraft accidents
As of July 5, 22 deaths have resulted from 75 water-related incidents this year in Maricopa and Pinal counties, according to the Children’s Safety Zone. These are seven children 5 years of age or younger, one older child, and 14 adults.
Over the weekend of July 4, a child and a man died in drownings.
A 3-year-old boy has died in hospital after being found unconscious in a swimming pool at a July 4 party in Glendale, officials said. The boy entered the locked and fenced pool undetected and was in the water for an indefinite period of time before someone found him.
A man died swimming near the Pebble Beach area in Salt River on Sunday afternoon, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
At around 4 p.m., deputies responded to a drowning call. Witnesses said the man was “swimming across the river when he sank and did not resurface,” the MCSO said.
The man was found dead by the deputies. MCSO detectives are investigating this incident. The cause of the drowning is unknown.
Additionally, two girls were hospitalized over the weekend in near-drowning incidents.
A newborn girl was hospitalized in critically critical condition after being found unconscious in a bath at the Budget Suites hotel in Phoenix on Sunday, officials said.
A 2-year-old girl was hospitalized on Saturday after nearly drowning in Scottsdale, near Hayden and McDowell Roads, firefighters said.
A man died in a personal watercraft crash on the Colorado River on Sunday, according to the Bullhead City Police Department.
Officials said Timothy Randall David Lee, 33, of Ontario, Canada, was sitting on the back of a boat’s swim deck when a personal watercraft crashed into the boat. The collision sent Lee’s baby and mother-in-law into the water. They were not injured while Lee sustained serious injuries and later died. Bullhead City Police said a 16-year-old boy from Avondale who operated the watercraft was “cited for failing to exercise caution to avoid a collision and breach of the lease.”
4 dead and 1 injured following armed violence this weekend
Across the country, more than 230 people have been killed and more than 600 injured in incidents of gun violence from 5 p.m. Friday through Monday evening, according to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archives Tuesday evening. While the numbers have yet to reach those from the long weekend of last year, they could do so as more information is compiled.
Five of these incidents of gun violence occurred in Arizona from July 3-4, killing four and injuring one.
At least two were known to the public. Marco Mendoza, 32, was arrested on Sunday in connection with the shooting death of another man in a car theft near 15th Avenue and Indian School Road on Saturday night in Phoenix, police said .
A 17-year-old girl was found dead with gunshot wounds in a vehicle in Phoenix early Saturday morning. She was later identified as Itzel Espinoza.
Family displaced after house fire, possibly due to fireworks
A family was displaced after a house fire in Mesa on Sunday evening.
The blaze is under investigation, but officials from the Mesa Fire and Medicine Department said preliminary results showed improperly thrown fireworks were “most likely” to be the cause of the blaze. fire.
Officials said crews responded to the scene near Broadway Road and Maple, finding a small two-story house with an “intense fire” coming from the roof.
An adult, two children and two dogs left the house unharmed. No firefighter or anyone in the area was injured.
Tips for staying safe
Ahead of the July 4 weekend, several officials warned of the dangers that could result from fireworks, swimming and driving.
To stay safe all summer, here are some recommendations to remember.
According to the Children’s Safety Zone, here are some key tips for drowning prevention:
- Do not leave a child unattended in the water or swimming pool for any reason. If you must leave the pool, take the child with you, making sure the pool gate is securely closed.
- Always keep your eyes on the child or children. If you have family at home or are having a party, make sure you or someone else watch the child swim.
- Chat with babysitters about pool safety, drowning monitoring and prevention.
- Post rules such as “No Run”, “No Push”, “No Soak” and “Never Swim Alone” around the pool
- Don’t rely on swimming lessons or “floats” to protect children in the water.
- Don’t assume that a drowning or drowning incident couldn’t happen to you or your family.
- Just because you’re in your pool and your home doesn’t mean you’re safe. Always supervise your children, whether inside or outside.
- Attend a CPR class and / or make sure your babysitter is familiar with CPR.
- Encourage your neighbors to follow pool safety guidelines, including keeping their back doors and doors locked, and their pool doors securely closed and locked.
According to David Ramirez of the Phoenix Fire Department, here are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to exploiting fireworks:
- Do not let young children play with fireworks.
- Never smoke around fireworks and never use open flames around fireworks.
- Avoid using fireworks in windy weather to keep embers and sparks from flying.
- Keep fireworks 15 feet from structures and vegetation.
- Keep a water source nearby to extinguish sparks and fires.
- Wear cotton clothing when using fireworks; synthetic fibers can melt on the skin at high temperature.
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