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Phoenix considered to have deadliest roads in Arizona

Feb 3, 2018, 5:00 PM | Updated: Feb 5, 2018, 10:57 am
Officials stand near the wreckage after a Department of Public Safety officer and a DPS dispatcher ...
Officials stand near the wreckage after a Department of Public Safety officer and a DPS dispatcher on a ride-along were injured in an accident near the state Capitol in Phoenix, Friday, May 8, 2015. It appeared the marked DPS SUV struck a parked car on a residential street and flipped, sending the male officer and female dispatcher to a hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to police. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)
(AP Photo/Bob Christie)

PHOENIX — From 2013-15, there were 2,302 fatal crashes that resulted in 2,520 deaths in the state of Arizona.

A study done by 1Point21Interactive and the Cullan & Cullan law team pinpointed the areas in the state that were the most unsafe for drivers.

Using the numbers and where the accidents occurred, their data found 33 stretches of road that were deemed the deadliest in Arizona. In these stretches, there were 359 fatalities with 95 coming from drunk driving. The road segments measured 223 miles and accounted for 14 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in Arizona.

With a lot of traffic running though Phoenix, the data found that the city’s roads were the most deadliest in the state.

With seven segments — totaling close to 65 miles — Phoenix had 112 fatal crashes, resulting in 1,222 fatalities. Out of those fatalities, 48 were due to drunk driving, which accounted for 51 percent of all the drunk driving fatalities on the list.

There were three major red-flag areas in Phoenix.

One stretch was a 1.5-mile segment of State Route 101 near Sheely Farms. With six fatalities from 2013-15, the road averaged 4.01 deaths per mile.

Another was the 38-mile stretch of Interstate 10 from Litchfield Park to Sun Lakes. Sixty-four fatalities came from 59 crashes, topping the list among the deadliest roads.

Among the 33 segments, a four-mile stretch on Interstate 17 near the West Bell Road exit recorded the highest rate of drunk driving fatalities with five, averaging 1.24 a mile.

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