3-year AZ Freeway Fatality Toll

photo: Arizona Dept of Public Safety
photo: Arizona Dept of Public Safety

In a longish piece in AZ Republic Live or die on Phoenix-area freeways: It’s your choice (the print edition was headlined 3-year freeway fatality toll: 207) about (specifically metro-Phoenix area. I think they looked at just Maricopa County) freeway traffic fatalities, it was revealed the fatality rate was 61% higher than national averages, per mile driven. I’m not sure exactly what’s counted; it apparently counts only that part of the state highway system that is fully controlled-access, a.k.a. freeways, and in Maricopa county for the purposes of this series of articles.

The usual suspects were called out: speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving, motorcycling in general (helmets), not wearing seatbelts.

Things you won’t hear people say: “I would never get in a car… Drivers are just too dangerous”

Wrong way driver dead after collision with Greyhound Bus

11/25/2016 Speaking of freeway crashes. The bus was going the right way. I-10 near Loop 303. The driver of the car was apparently impaired, is dead. DPS officials lauded the bus driver’s skill in controlling the vehicle after the collision and keeping it upright, limiting bus passenger’s injuries. There have been many notable freeway crashes in the past few years, see more at headon.

Things you won’t hear people say: see above.

Man Arrested in head-on DUI collision

11/23/2016  Cornville Road head-on. Not a freeway, but popped up this week, one of the people invovled in this crash that killed 1 and injured 5 severely, who had multiple, previous DUIs was arrested:

“Officials believe 31-year-old Cody Louis Bright of Cottonwood was the driver of a red sedan who was attempting to pass several vehicles when he collided head on with a minivan, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release… Bright initially told deputies the deceased passenger was the driver… Officials also discovered Bright had been driving on a suspended license. In August, Bright was found guilty of DUI and driving with a suspended license, and in 2009 he pleaded guilty to extreme DUI, according to court records… Bright was arrested and booked on suspicion of manslaughter, aggravated DUI, extreme DUI, DUI, four counts of endangerment, aggravated assault and two counts of criminal damage.” — azcentral

Cornville Road was the scene of a fatal bike-MV collision in 2014, as well as a headon that injured 3 motorists in 2015. All involved drivers who made overtaking errors.

Congestion

The section between Loop 202 and Broadway Road has another dubious distinction: It is the deadliest section on all of Loop 101. Between 2013 and 2015, five crashes resulted in fatalities in that section. (Photo: Mark Henle/The Republic)
The section between Loop 202 and Broadway Road has another dubious distinction: It is the deadliest section on all of Loop 101. Between 2013 and 2015, five crashes resulted in fatalities in that section. (Photo: Mark Henle/The Republic)

Continuing the multipart AZ Republic story about freeway traffic safety, on monday ADOT: Busiest stretch of Loop 101 is a Tempe segmentPictured above is Southbound rush hour traffic on the Loop 101, November 17, 2016, near Broadway Road, Tempe. (Photo: Mark Henle/The Republic)

crashnotaccident

There are a number of interviews; spokespeople for MADD, AAA was well as Trooper Steven Jacobs (probably James). All the professionals and experts for the most part consistently avoided use of the ‘a-word’, and instead said ‘crash’ or ‘collision’. There was one quote from Eric Anderson, transportation director for the Maricopa Association of Governments used it (shame on him). The journalists, however, liberally used the a-word, even with reference to drunk driving. Please #crashnotaccident.

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