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Arizona traffic fatalities dropped to 3-year low in 2019

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PHOENIX — Arizona’s total traffic collision fatalities decreased to a three-year low in 2019, the Arizona Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday.

ADOT’s Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts report documented 911 fatal crashes in 2019 — down from 918 in 2018 and 917 in 2017.

Total crashes did increase by 1.6% from 2018 to 2019 as totals rose from 127,712 to 129,750.

In addition to a decrease in traffic fatalities, 2019 also marked a decrease from 2018 figures regarding alcohol-related fatalities, distracted driving fatalities, pedestrian fatalities and unbuckled fatalities.

Arizona reported the fewest alcohol-related deaths in 2019 — 256 — since 2010, which was also a 21% decrease from 324 deaths in 2017.

Distracted driving fatalities fell from 11,898 in 2018 to 10,491 last year — a nearly 12% decrease.

In April 2019, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed HB 2318, which prohibited drivers from using cell phones while driving unless devices were in a hands-free mode.

ADOT also reported the state’s lowest pedestrian fatalities since 2016 with a total of 220.

Arizona is likewise trending in a positive direction regarding unbuckled fatalities; 211 occurred in 2019, while there were 216 in 2018 and 230 in 2017.

According to ADOT, 68% of crashes occur on roads other than state highways and more than 90% of collisions are influenced by driver behavior.

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