2 Dead 1 Critical in Tempe Wreck

Photo: Megan Janetsky/The Republic

9/2/2017 Monday evening ~ 8PM. Police say impairment may be involved. Southern near Hardy. Two motorists died and a third is in critical condition.

Southern is one of Tempe’s series/network of high-speed arterial roads. High speeds are conducive to death. Pedestrians and Bicyclist do often become collateral damage, but motorists are the most frequent victims.

Arterial Roads and Traffic Fatalities

Hi-speed roads naturally account for a higher proportion of traffic, however the injuries and fatalities are completely lopsided, below is a map of every fatality in Tempe for the period 2009-2016 (excluding freeways), mostly motorists but also a lesser number of pedestrians and several bicyclists (motorists / pedestrians / bicyclists  = 45 / 21 / 5).

Speed enforcement seems to be virtually non-existent. Things like automated enforcement have been eliminated by the City (shamefully, IMO). DUI enforcement appears to be in decline (though I don’t have Tempe city data, GOHS reports declining arrests statewide, why?), despite the acute danger that it presents to every road user. Ultimately, speeding is a road-design problem; road designers and policy-makers need to build a transportation infrastructure for people; rather than designed to move the maximum number of cars at unlimited speed.

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Please, Crash not Accident

NHTSHA recommends not using the a-word since the 1990’s

Although our local news media seems to have mostly consistently eliminated the a-word; Tempe Police, unfortunately have not:

“The investigation is still fluid, but we do know that (the) accident was fatal for two subjects and a third is in serious condition,” Tempe police Sgt. Ron Elcock said.

Please, #crashnotaccident
This is particularly galling because obviously police suspect impairment may be involved.

 


 

Two killed in Tempe crash, police say

Two people were killed in a traffic crash that forced the closure of part of Southern Avenue in Tempe on Monday night, police said.

The two-vehicle crash involving a sedan and a commercial-sized van occurred on Southern Avenue near Hardy Drive about 8 p.m., police said.

“The investigation is still fluid, but we do know that (the) accident was fatal for two subjects and a third is in serious condition,” Tempe police Sgt. Ron Elcock said.

 

… Tempe police said impairment may have been a factor in the crash, but it has not yet been confirmed.

 

 

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