ScottsdaleArizonaNews.com relayed this from the Scottsdale Fire Department public information office about an injury incident last night/this morning:
Scottsdale Fire paramedics treated and then transported to a trauma facility 2 females that were struck by at least one vehicle while crossing Camelback road around midnight last night. No other injuries to report and a great reminder to cross in designated crossing areas when traversing major streets.
A great reminder to not drink-and-dawdle, too, which I’m sure will also be heeded by patrons of the bar district.
No more details are available at this time, but I think it’s safe to say that attorneys for the injured women will be in touch with the City Attorney shortly.
While we are at it, I’d like to point out that the city is installing a traffic light in this vicinity to “assist” with making it safer for bar district patrons (i.e., “drunks”) to cross Camelback. Yet again, your tax dollars are hard at work solving problems your city council (including newly re-elected Linda Milhaven) created, over the objections of many of us.
Recently unemployed Scottsdale Republic reporter Edward Gately reported in May of 2014 several incidents–including a fatality–which have occurred in the half-mile stretch of Camelback between Scottsdale Road and Miller Road; which is to say, the north boundary of the bar district.
Scottsdale police said there have been three serious collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians this year along Camelback between Scottsdale and Miller roads, the stretch that marks the northern boundary of the bar district. One of those resulted in the April 17 death of Matthew Tilton, 21, of Scottsdale.
Gately reported in July that the city council approved plans to install a signal and crosswalk at Camelback and Buckboard, to the tune of about $100,000.
In November of 2013 the Republic reported a pedestrian hit and seriously injured crossing Scottsdale Road just north of the bar district. While there was no direct report relating this incident to the bar district, obviously, many such incidents and DUIs in the city link back to it. No amount of additional signals or crosswalks will help with this propagation beyond the bar district boundaries. No DUI task force or grant money will fix all these problems.
A 29-year-old Gilbert woman broke her neck and lost several teeth after the golf cart she was riding in rolled over early Sunday morning in Scottsdale’s bar and nightclub district, according to a police report.
The accident hospitalized Natalie De Pace, as well as the golf cart’s driver and a fellow passenger. Driver Akop Akopyan received a broken ankle, and passenger Paul Archer received minor abrasions and reported neck and back pain, the report states.
An article the next month (July) expanded the details of that crash, and more general information about the use of golf carts as taxis. It also reminded us of the unfortunate pedicab crash which permanently disabled Kansas college student Cody Clark. It did not recount the death of 14-year old Edward Velasquez in a bar district-related DUI crash.
So why are Mayor Jim Lane and the city council majority so eager to please the liquor/development industry by approving the build-up of the highest concentration of liquor licenses in the state? Newly elected council member David Smith, during his tenure as City Treasurer debunked the notion that the bar district brings in more direct revenue than it costs the city in terms of public safety resources (not to mention lawsuits).
Last fall , city Treasurer David Smith reported the cost of policing the entertainment district, about $1.2 million for the last fiscal year, far exceeded the $400,000 in revenue generated from the bars in the entertainment district.
Of course the liquor industry was quick to respond with a bogus “study” of its own (authored by Elliot Pollack’s firm), which expanded the study boundaries in such a way as to plump the revenue and dilute the public safety cost over a much larger area.
The main reason is instead this: The bar district’s city council supporters have benefited heavily from their patronage. Read more courtesy of ASU’s Cronkite News: “Bar money buys councilmembers and mayor.”