PHOENIX — An analysis of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s 2012 Arizona Crash Facts report shows 823 people died in vehicle crashes on Arizona’s roadways last year, compared to 827 fatalities in 2011, while motorcycle-related deaths increased by 5.3 percent.
“These figures should remind all of us to make a pledge to resist distractions and concentrate on safe driving,” said ADOT Director John Halikowski. “One area sure to receive even more attention in the coming year is motorcycle safety.”
Halikowski urged motorcyclists to consider safety-training courses and also reminded drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists on the road.
Other figures from the report include:
• There were more than 103,176 total crashes recorded in 2012 (down 0.58 percent compared to 103,774 crashes in 2011)
• One person was killed in a motor vehicle-related crash every 10.65 hours
• Crashes with injuries accounted for 32 percent of all crashes, while 67 percent of all crashes were listed as “property damage only”
• Pedestrian fatalities decreased by 14 percent (132 deaths in 2012 compared to 154 in 2011)
• 72.5 percent of all crashes occurred during daylight hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
• Alcohol-related fatalities decreased by 2 percent (281 deaths in 2012 compared to 287 in 2011)
“Our law enforcement agencies around the state worked even harder last year to take impaired drivers off the road,” said Alberto Gutier, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
Gutier also said that they will not rest until all tragedies caused by drivers who refuse to follow Arizona’s stricter driving laws are eliminated.
Motor vehicle crashes also created economic losses approaching $3 billion in Arizona last year. Economic losses tied to fatalities, including wage and productivity losses, totaled $1.2 billion, while losses from property damage added up to more than $640 million.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety advises drivers to do the right things: buckle up, obey speed limits, be well-rested while driving, and eliminate distractions such as talking or texting while driving.
- The best places to celebrate Fall in Phoenix
- Infamous athletes who did the most time for their crimes
- 2016 baseball highlights, bloopers and blunders
- See how CFOs really feel about business in the Valley
- The best television shows on the internet
- A preseason guide to avoid holiday weight gain
- The 5 worst things you could do for your roof
- 6 coolest things brewing in Arizona
- The virus that keeps head and neck cancers on the rise
- State Fair ‘Kid Reporter’ has all the angles covered
- 4 important things to know about timeshare maintenance fees
- Signs of delayed car crash injuries
- The truth about sports concussions
- The Alzheimer's epidemic: Facts you need to know
- The season is here, keep your Fantasy Football team strong all season
- 8 TV shows you can't miss this fall
- Football is here: 6 tips to make this your best season ever
- Gameday recipes and beers to match
- 6 reasons the Cardinals are driven to win the Super Bowl
- The Pac-12 football season nears kickoff
- Tips to get ready for a pain-free golf season
- Protect your family with these 7 home security features
- How to train like an Olympic swimmer
- 2016 Olympics: A guide to must-see TV events
- The bride's guide to feeling your best on your wedding day
- Deciding when you need knee surgery
- Celebrating Fourth of July is much cooler in these AZ towns
- Top ten road trip bathrooms in America
- Six things causing a pain in your neck
- 5 things to make your summer move easier