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Deadly Arizona highway crashes down 50 percent since 2006

PHOENIX — Deadly crashes on Arizona highways have decreased nearly 50 percent since 2006, the Department of Public Safety said Thursday.

“DPS attributes the reduction in fatal collisions to sustained efforts by highway patrol officers to stop hazardous moving violations, enforce seat belt laws and stop impaired drivers,” spokesman Raul Garcia said.

Garcia said DPS investigated 202 fatal crashes last year compared to 402 in 2006.

KTAR’s Jeremy Foster contributed to this report.