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Traffic fatalities in Arizona rose for third straight year in 2022

Crash Facts report shows speed remains the leading factor in deadly and serious crashes

PHOENIX – Arizona’s traffic fatalities will rise again in 2022, according to the state’s annual report on car crashes on all roads, including local roads.

Statistics show there were 1,294 road fatalities across the state last year, an 8.6% increase compared to 2021. 2022 Arizona Car Crash Fact Report. The figures show that inadequate speed-related crashes and speeding account for a greater proportion of fatalities, and a solemn reminder to Arizonas to avoid such unsafe driving behavior. It is intended to make

Pedestrian, cyclist and motorcycle fatalities all increased last year. Overall, 2022 will have the second-highest number of traffic fatalities on record in Arizona, just short of his 1,301 fatalities recorded in 2006. Traffic fatalities in the state have increased each year since his 2019. A total of 52,411 people were injured in accidents in 2022. , Slight increase from 2021.

The Arizona Department of Transportation produces an annual motor vehicle accident report that summarizes traffic accident reports provided by law enforcement agencies throughout the state. This document reflects crash data reported on all roads in Arizona, including city, county, reservation, and state roads.

Fatalities are primarily caused by driver behavior, primarily speed, failure to use safety equipment such as seat belts and motorcycle helmets, and disability.

ADOT Director Jennifer Toth said, “A fatality in a road accident is an unspeakable loss to families and the state.” “ADOT and law enforcement partners must work together to prevent collisions, injuries and deaths for all drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.”

Traffic fatalities occur on local and non-state highways, with 821 fatalities in 2022, compared with 723 in 2021. The number of deaths on state highways in 2022 was about the same, at 473 compared to 469 in 2021.

Among the factors cited, speeds determined by law enforcement to be illegal or too high for the circumstances are reported in serious accidents in 2022 that killed 426 people and injured 20,069. These accounted for 32.9% and 38.3% of the total, respectively. In 2021, speed will cause 371 deaths and 19,571 injuries, accounting for 31.1% and 37.8% of the total, respectively.

“Both traffic accidents and fatalities are on the rise,” said Major Jason Leonard, chief of staff for the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Division. “Most of these crashes can be avoided if drivers do two things: first, avoid distractions and stay focused on the task of driving; When it comes to driving, please be patient and obey the law.It is essential that everyone in the car uses seat belts and child restraints properly to reduce injuries in a crash. is much more important than arrival times or information on mobile devices.”

  • There will be 302 pedestrian fatalities in 2022, up 16.2% from 260 in 2021. Forty-eight cyclists died in accidents in 2022, compared with 45 in 2021. Bicycle-related deaths have increased each year since 2018.
  • There will be 228 motorcycle fatalities in 2022, up 36.5% from 167 in 2021. Riders and passengers were involved in 42% of the fatal crashes where authorities were able to determine the use of helmets, even though riders and passengers were wearing helmets, almost three times more than in motorcycle accidents. those who were not wearing helmets.
  • Overall, non-use of safety equipment such as seat belts and helmets decreased slightly as a contributing factor to road fatalities in 2022. There were 364 deaths and 944 injuries due to failure to use safety equipment, accounting for 38.6% and 6.6% of the total, respectively. In 2021, there will be 379 deaths and 3,224 injuries without safety equipment, accounting for 42.7% and 6.6% of the total, respectively.
  • Alcohol-related accidents resulting in fatalities also decreased slightly in 2022. Alcohol-related accidents resulted in 223 deaths and 3,538 injuries, accounting for 17.2% of his total and 6.8% of his total, respectively. In 2021, there will be 253 alcohol-related deaths and 3,617 injuries, accounting for 21.2% and 7% of the total, respectively.

The 2022 Arizona Auto Crash Fact Report and the previous year’s report are available at: azdot.gov/CrashFacts.

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