Arizona Crash Facts 2020

ADOT has released Crash Facts 2020 mid-year 2021, as usual. As was the case since 2018; I no longer need to order CDs but rather access the raw data online, in this case August 2021 (in very rare cases, the data will be updated after that).

Crashes were down dramatically due to pandemic’s affect on traffic

The Bicyclist Fatality Grid has been reconciled and contains some specifics on every bicyclist fatality in Arizona from 2009-2020, and ongoing as discovered.

It’s been pointed out before that something bad is happening with traffic safety beginning with the pandemic and all indications point to very bad driver behaviors. Here’s a good roundup in a news item: 2020 was deadliest year in Arizona traffic crashes since 2007 — and 2021 might be worse “Despite seeing far fewer crashes in a year when many had to stay home, 2020 had the highest number of traffic fatalities since 2007, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s latest crash report.”

These trends are broadly consistant with bicyclist crashes, which saw a sharp drop in the number of reported; but with 32 fatal (33 people killed). Please see the article I published a few months ago… coronavirus-and-traffic-crash-stats

The usual suspects are named: excessive speeding and other risky behaviors due to lighter traffic; DUI (though there were substantially fewer DUI fatals?), etc. Nobody said it out loud but it seems to me police have completely abandoned their role in handing out traffic citations; that coupled with jurisdictions that one after another have turned off automated ticketing, see e.g. DiCiccio votes against photo red enforcement (2020, Phoenix), and Tempe and Tucson have turned off theirs years ago. Police’s only role now is to come out to the scene of the wrecks; leaving traffic laws otherwise unenforced.

Side Note

The graphical crash map has been NOT updated and so continues to have years 2009-2018 ; the tool used to present the map, Google fusion tables, was discontinued end of 2019, and I have yet to find a suitable replacement.

2 thoughts on “Arizona Crash Facts 2020”

  1. It is common knowledge that bike sales are up in all categories. Therefore, more riders on our roads/sidewalks/multiuse paths. I have heard of a theory espousing increased biking leads to reduce accidents because drivers are seeing more bikes and become more aware of them. I am not aware of any specific study that can confirm this theory. Do you know of any?

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