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Tucson: Arizona’s most dangerous city

It comes as no shock that Tucson has been reported as the most violent city in Arizona. That’s according to an article on, but again, anyone from the area could tell you as much. Tucson suffers from a few problems that make it a particularly good candidate for such problems.

First, it’s near the border, not Nogales close, but it’s the first big city this side of the border, and it’s got more than its share of the drug trade and undocumented workers. The latter are not necessarily more violent, but their position outside the law creates havens where more illegal activity can take place.

Second, there are large pockets of poverty in Tucson, which again, obviously increase the likelihood of crime. The fact these areas blend quickly into more affluent areas means, perhaps, that there’s room for progress as the areas continue to grow better off, but for now, it’s still a significant problem.

Finally, there’s the University of Arizona, a school that does more than its share of partying. That leads to all sorts of issues, including excessive drinking, sexual assault, and even personal injury.

Other parts of the state have some of these issues but not all of them. Phoenix has its poor areas but also very well-off areas like Scottsdale which balance those other areas out. It’s farther from the border and doesn’t have a major party school within the city limits.

Tempe does have a party school, actually THE party school of Arizona, but it’s smaller and again, farther from the border. Mesa is like Tempe without the school.

Which leaves only smaller towns to compete. Arizona’s a state with a few big cities, a lot of small towns, and a lot of space in between. Only Tucson has all the right ingredients (population, bad location, poverty, and a big university) to make it so unsafe.

All that being said, it is worth saying a word in defense of Tucson. For one, many of the poorer areas, as stated above, are improving. U of A, for all its parties, is also a fantastic school with a great reputation. There’s a great deal of great culture in Tucson, with beautiful old architecture, wonderful restaurants, and tons of good new music. And don’t forget that the Saguaro National Park is just outside the town limits to the west and the east, with some beautiful mountains particularly to the east that makes for some remarkable views.

All in all, Tucson could definitely use a little rehabilitation. It could use a little better policing. It could also use a little more money. But for all that, it’s still an incredible city and one that Arizona is very proud to have.

Boating Accidents in Milwaukee – The problem with summer fun on the lake

As anyone who has ever lived in Milwaukee knows, the summer season is one of the best times to live in this city. The weather in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin is beautiful in the summer months, and it is nearly impossible to resist heading out to one of our many lakes for some fun. The problem with this common pastime is the frequency of accidents caused by intoxicated boaters on our lakes, a statistic that rises dramatically each summer.

Just this week, according to an NBC TMJ-4 Milwaukee report, a two-boat collision on Friday night on Nagawicka Lake in Delafield killed a 61-year old woman, and authorities arrested a 53-year old man under suspicion of driving his boat under the influence of alcohol.

The senselessness of such tragic accidents is inescapable and highlights a larger problem in society as a whole. While most people readily understand the dangers of driving their cars, trucks, or motorcycles under the influence, there seems to be a certain disconnect when it comes to operating a boat or jet ski while drinking. Whether it is a social norm, lack of public awareness, or a blatant disregard for common sense, there are far too many accidents involving drunken boaters each year in Milwaukee.

It is easy to believe that these accidents can happen though, as anyone who has been out on the lake recently will tell you. One look around on a busy weekend will show people openly consuming alcoholic beverages on their boats without guilt or secrecy, even if they are the “designated captain”. Whether they are fishing, waterskiing, or just enjoying a leisurely trip around the lake, people seem to believe that consuming alcohol and operating a boat is perfectly safe.

What many people do not know is that boating while intoxicated (BWI) is prohibited according to Wisconsin law. Because alcohol is a major contributor to injuries and deaths on state waterways, the authorities have the right to test suspected intoxicated individuals for drugs or alcohol if they operate or attempt to operate a vessel. Much like the similar laws on land, a person is considered to be intoxicated if they have a blood or breath alcohol concentration of .08% or higher or if they are found to be under the influence of other drugs, according to Boat-Ed Wisconsin.

If an individual is found to be guilty of boating while intoxicated, their boat may be impounded, they may face serious fines, and there is even the possibility of jail time. In addition, if they hurt or kill another person while operating a vessel while under the influence, they may face civil action from the individual or the family of the other party involved. These civil actions can be a personal injury lawsuit, or a wrongful death lawsuit, which often seek compensation for pain, suffering, lost wages, medical bills, physical therapy, and other damages. There are established personal injury law firms in Milwaukee that can help the families of those who have been hurt or killed in a boating accident.