YUMA, Ariz. – More than 770 victims died from car crashes last year across Arizona, a drop of almost 9 percent from 2013. The Arizona Department of Transportation reports pedestrian and bicyclist deaths were down slightly also. ADOT spokesperson Doug Nintzel says there’s still room for improvement.
“This really is the chance to realize more than 750 people died on our roads last year, and that’s a wakeup call to change the behavior. Be a life saver rather than a potential killer out there,” Nintzel said.
Despite the state’s overall downward trend, Yuma County actually saw an increase in the number of deaths from car accidents. Overall, 33 people died on local roads and highways out of roughly 25-00 reported crashes. 14 of the fatalities were alcohol related. Across the state, Thanksgiving was the deadliest holiday weekend. The most common issued citation was driving too fast for conditions.
“What we’re really asking drivers to do is be very careful. Our emphasis areas are what you would expect, speeding and aggressive driving, impaired driving, occupant protection. That includes buckling up. Motorcycle safety is very important and also distracted driving. That’s becoming more and more important not just here in Arizona but across the country,” Nintzel explained.