All of the 2006 state-by-state figures are now available, as I predicted — see Arizona leads the nation — fatality rates in Arizona which were already high, have climbed again. Both the per capita traffic fatality rate and per mile rate are now 46% higher than the US as a whole. The per capita rate is over 3 times worse than the “best state”.
And for bicyclists, there is hopeful news, the 2006 number of Arizona cyclist fatalities at 29 (out of 1288 total) seems to be in line with historical trends. The 2005 number was atypically high at 35. .
|2006||Fatalities||Fatality Rate per 100M VMT||Fatality Rate per 100K Population|
|Arizona||1,288||2.06 (46% above US ave.)||20.89 (46% above US ave.)|
|2005||Fatalities||Fatality Rate per 100M VMT||Fatality Rate per 100K Population|
|Arizona||1,179||1.97 (35% above US ave.)||19.81 (35% above US ave.)|
Community columnist Doug Campos-Outcalt wrote an interesting essay on traffic safety and how the legislature might help increase safety. It appeared in the Arizona Republic local edition on Sept, 27, 2007 (e.g. The Ahwatukee Republic): Legislature can do more to help curb traffic fatalities. He recounts a number of safety-oriented bills that “…stalled because they failed to receive a hearing in the House Transportation Committee, chaired by Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert”.