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Aug. 31, 2017

Help us keep Chandler roads safe
 
By C
ouncilmember Terry Roe

On any given day more than 50,000 cars pass through each of approximately 60 major intersections in our City. This adds up to a whopping three million vehicles per day at these crossings. Needless to say, maintaining optimal traffic flow and maximizing safety for drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists is a complex endeavor. Chandler is fortunate to have a highly skilled team of dedicated City engineers and traffic analysts to monitor our intersections and coordinate more than 200 signaled intersections to ensure that you and I travel as safely and efficiently as possible around the community. Of course, we all play an important role when it comes to being safe on the road. I encourage every resident and visitor to take a pledge for road safety.
 
Join me in practicing safe driving habits while raising awareness about the need to:
 
-       Slow down, especially in school zones and construction areas
-       Never text while driving and eliminate any other form of distraction
-       Never drive under the influence, arrange a designated driver or call a taxi
-       Keep a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you
-       Share the road with motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians
-       Assume other motorists will do something unexpected and be prepared to avoid it
 
We should all know that operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have a devastating impact on families; that’s why it’s so important that folks make a special effort to avoid any and all impaired driving. I recently interviewed Jason Frazier, the Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for the State of Arizona. We discussed MADD’s partnership with the Chandler Police Department and the services they offer to victims of drunk driving. The discussion will soon be available for viewing at youtube.com/cityofchandler.
 
On Saturday, October 21, 2017 MADD is sponsoring a “Walk Like MADD” event at the Phoenix Zoo to support drunk driving prevention efforts across Arizona. The public is invited to join Chandler’s team, led by our Police Department. Our local team was initially formed to celebrate the life of motorcycle officer David Payne who was killed while on duty on October 31, 2014, by a drunk driver. Any individual or family affected by impaired driving or interested in promoting road safety is encouraged to participate in the event. To register, visit Walklikemadd.org/team/chandlerpd.
 
If you are interested in learning more about local traffic, the City of Chandler posts important information about traffic restrictions, road construction projects and traffic management news at chandleraz.gov/restrictions. There is also valuable information related to traffic signal timing, pedestrian countdown at crossings and flashing yellow arrows. In addition, residents can subscribe to email notifications at chandleraz.gov/subscriptions or reach staff in the Traffic Division by calling 480-782-3454.
 
As our community continues to grow and accommodate more people on the road, we need to remind each other to stay alert and free of distractions to prevent tragedies. For the sake of our families, friends and others, let’s all make a concerted effort to make road safety a priority.