Across the USA, traffic deaths went up by a hugely unacceptable 15 percent in the two years from 2013 through 2015. The national figures for 2016 are not yet available, but is this horrendous situation in Arizona an indicator of where the national figures are heading next?
An article from the North Phoenix News on May 29, 2017, is the source for the above figures, and it also makes some very saddening claims for the main causative factors in 2016’s 950 road deaths in the state (up from 768 in 2014).
The major, cited factors are:
- Speeding (involved in – quote – “most collisions in Arizona”)
- Alcohol (involved in ~33% of deaths)
- Failure to wear a seatbelt, child safety device or crash helmet (involved in 35% of deaths)