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March 2015 Archives

U.S. House attempts to redefine 'standard of care'

Arizona readers of the New York Times might have noticed an article about an attempt in the U.S. House to do the bidding of physicians and their insurance companies. The House passed a bill with a provision tucked quietly into it that would protect doctors from being held to a standard of care used in Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

Barely noticed by press: two dead in Tempe motorcycle accident

Fifty-four words in three paragraphs to describe the deaths of two people in one accident. The meager numbers are of course not indicative of the inherent human worth of the victims, but rather the commonplace nature of tragedies in our society. In this particular case, two people died in a crash involving a motorcycle and an automobile in Tempe.

Motorcycle accidents: what is the most dangerous time of day?

A few days ago, an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer on a motorcycle was hit by an SUV at a Phoenix intersection. A fire captain told a TV station reporter that the accident was in early evening, around 7:50 p.m. at Camelback Road and 27th Avenue.

Saturation weekend in Phoenix, around Valley

A river of green beer will wash down the gullets of shamrock-festooned revelers this weekend in Phoenix. But beware: the luck of the Irish will do you little good if police officers believe you are drinking and driving this weekend or on St. Patrick's Day.

Arizona State University working on tomorrow's DUI app

Today, when a Phoenix driver is pulled over and suspected by the police officer of drunken driving, he or she can expect to be asked to perform a variety of field sobriety tests. The tests can help the officer decide if the driver should be charged or not with DUI. Drivers can also be asked to submit a blood sample to be tested for alcohol content.

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