The Arizona Motor Vehicles Department has released the 2010 crash statistics. There were 106,177 crashes in Arizona in 2010, down from 107,094 in 2009. There were 698 fatal crashes, 210 of which involved alcohol. These accidents resulted in 50,110 injuries and 762 fatalities.
Rear-end collisions were the most common type of collision. The most common driver violation was speeding.
These statistics are especially encouraging because there were more licensed drivers and registered vehicles in Arizona in 2010 than 2009. This suggests that overall drivers are being safer on the roadways.
The peak day for all crashes was Friday and the peak hour for all crashes was 5pm-6pm. For crashes involving alcohol, it was not surprising that the peak day for crashes was Saturday, and the peak hour was 2am-3am. Alcohol related injuries and fatalities were both down 11% and 16% respectively. Alcohol-related crashes accounted for 5% of all the crashes but 30% of all the fatal crashes.
Fatalities in rural areas dropped nearly 21%. Unfortunately, urban fatalities increased by almost 17% in 2010. This is likely due to the fact that 78% of the alcohol related crashes that occurred in Arizona in 2010, occurred in urban areas.
There was also a jump in pedestrian fatalities. In 2009, 122 pedestrians were killed in automobile crashes. In 2010, there were 155.
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