Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Arizona motor-vehicle crash deaths dropped in 2014

Blog-2015-0603-Report View the entire report on our website. ADOT’s annual Crash Facts report is out for 2014 and the newest statistics show that the number of motor-vehicle crash fatalities across the state dropped by nearly 9 percent…

While it’s certainly encouraging to see that number drop, ADOT’s director and leaders of other public safety agencies urge a continued focus on safe-driving behaviors – you can read what they’re saying in this ADOT news release.

According to the 2014 report, 774 people were killed last year on state and local highways and streets, compared to 849 fatalities in 2013. The highest annual number of motor-vehicle crash fatalities in Arizona – 1,301 – occurred in 2006 (view previous reports on our website).

While fatal crashes and deaths went down last year, the report shows an increase in all crashes. A total of 109,554 crashes occurred across Arizona in 2014, an increase of almost 2 percent compared to 2013 (107,477 crashes). There were 708 fatal crashes in the state last year, compared to 782 in 2013.

The annual figures also show fewer motorcycle riders or passengers died in Arizona last year. There were 127 motorcycle-related deaths in 2014, compared to 149 fatalities in 2013 and 139 such deaths in 2012, according to the report. The annual report shows 28 bicyclists were killed last year, compared to 29 in 2013 and 18 in 2012. Pedestrian deaths also were down just slightly, from 160 in 2013 to 157 in 2014.

A downward trend in alcohol-related fatalities continued last year, with a 6 percent drop. There were 265 alcohol-related deaths on the state’s roads in 2014, compared to 282 in 2013 and 283 in 2012. The total number of reported alcohol-related crashes was down from 5,239 in 2013 to 4,887 in 2014. Sadly, alcohol was involved in more than a third (34 percent) of all fatal crashes.

You can view the 2014 Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts Report on our website. Here are some figures from the report:
  • One person was killed in a motor-vehicle crash every 11.33 hours in 2014 (average of 2.12 people killed each day).
  • At least 266 (34 percent) of the 774 people killed in motor-vehicle crashes 2014 were not wearing safety devices, including seat belts and helmets.
  • Urban-area fatalities (397 deaths) decreased more than 10 percent last year (compared to 442 in 2013).
  • Rural-area fatalities (377 deaths) decreased by more than 7 percent last year (compared to 407 in 2013).
  • Single-vehicle crashes accounted for 17 percent of all crashes but also 37 percent of all fatal crashes.
  • Crashes during daylight hours (6 a.m. – 6 p.m.) accounted for 72.5 percent of all crashes in 2014, nearly the same as in 2013.
  • Friday was the peak day of the week for all crashes during 2014 (18,759 crashes).
  • The Thanksgiving weekend was the deadliest holiday weekend on Arizona roadways last year (18 deaths). Nine people were killed in crashes over the July Fourth holiday weekend in 2014.
  • Motor-vehicle crashes resulted in $3.02 billion in economic losses for Arizona last year.
Last year, ADOT and other public safety agencies completed an update of Arizona’s State Highway Safety Plan, a framework for reducing fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads in the state. Emphasis areas addressed in the report are speeding and aggressive driving, impaired driving, occupant protection, motorcycle safety and distracted driving.
Posted by Angela DeWelles   |  Labels:  ADOT, Crash-Facts, Safety, Statistics


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