A new study of driver safety laws by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety shows Arizona tied for third worst in the country.
The group released its report Wednesday, a compilation of 15 laws pertaining to motorist safety, teen driving and impaired and distracted driving.
Of those 15, Arizona has five. The group said a lack of those laws can prove costly in multiple ways.
“When elected officials in state capitols don’t act to pass laws, we all pay the price," said Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety's Kathy Chase. "Lives are lost, lifelong debilitating injuries occur and state cost mounts because of inaction or indifference.”
Arizona received poor scores in teen driving laws, strict seatbelt laws, motorcycle helmet laws and distracted driving laws, including bans on texting.
In teen driving, Arizona lacks mandatory supervised driving time, restrictions on night driving, passenger limits, cellphone use and age limits of 16 years for a learner’s permit and 18 for an unrestricted license.
Arizona did better on laws related to impaired and distracted driving, with all three recommended drunken driving laws.
The report said Arizona had 825 vehicle-related fatalities in 2012, and vehicle crashes have an annual economic cost of $475 million.