Decreasing accidents in Arizona
In a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) car accidents in Arizona have hit a sixteen (16) year low. The total number of deaths on Arizona roads in 2009 was eight hundred and seven (807). That number marks a 14 percent decrease from 2008. Arizona’s trend has mirrored the national average; in 2009 the number of people killed in car accidents in the United States was the lowest since 1950. Arizona has traditionally been notorious for drunk-driving deaths, but that number has decreased by nearly sixteen (16) percent. Officials attribute the overall decrease in accidents to road safety developments that have been implemented, including rumble strips, guard rails, as well as wider lanes and shoulders.