How to avoid the Pikes Peak and Glen Canyon road death tolls
Pikes-Pine Gap, AZ – March 9, 2020 – The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has issued its annual Road Safety Report, highlighting the nation’s safest roads and how they are maintained.
The report, which is based on data from 2016, details the number of fatalities in the United States on the road each year.
In 2016, the number was 6.1.
This year, the average number of deaths was 4.2, a slight decrease from the previous year.
The annual report notes that while fatalities remain high, the road safety landscape is much safer than it was in the 1990s.
In the past 25 years, the overall number of traffic fatalities has decreased by 27 percent, according to ADOT.
The overall number is also much lower than in the past five years, with fewer than 40 fatalities in each of the last three years.
ADOT states that traffic fatalities have dropped by 66 percent since 2005, while fatalities on non-road travel have dropped 66 percent.
The majority of the decrease is attributed to the increase in vehicle speeds, but there has also been an increase in pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists on roads, according ADOT statistics.
The department states that the percentage of drivers under the age of 35 years has dropped from 26.9 percent in 2000 to 11.1 percent in 2016.
The average age of drivers has also dropped from 29.4 years in 2000, to 27.3 years in 2016, and it remains stable for both genders.
The decline in fatalities has occurred in every age group, with the average age being 25 years in 2017 and 26.2 years in 2020.
According to ADT, the total number of miles driven by vehicles has increased by 9.1 million between 2000 and 2020, but the increase has been particularly dramatic in the Northeast, with an increase of 3.6 million miles and a total of 1.6 billion miles.
ADT notes that this year, 2,931 people died in motor vehicle crashes.
The number of injuries per 100,000 people has increased dramatically since 2000, with a decrease of 9 percent.
ADCT notes that vehicle speeds have increased from 20 mph in 2000 in the northern half of the state to 32 mph in 2020, with some of the highest speeds in the nation, including 40 mph in New York City.
The road safety improvements are also evident in other areas of the country.
ADTY states that vehicle miles traveled per person in the US decreased by 7 percent in 2017 from 2016.
ADTI also notes that the number and number of children under the ages of 15 years has increased from 2,638 in 2000 and 4,926 in 2020 to 2,851 in 2017, with increases of 4,846 and 1,976 children, respectively.
The rate of motor vehicle fatalities per 100 million people has decreased from 0.7 in 2000 (0.8 in 2020) to 0.6 in 2017 (0,7).
The number and the number, ages, and sexes of pedestrians have decreased, as well.
ADTD states that pedestrian and cyclist injuries have decreased over the past decade by more than 50 percent, but ADTS statistics also note that pedestrians have suffered the most severe injury rates, with injuries from motor vehicle accidents being most common.
In 2017, pedestrians were injured in an average of 1,739 times per year, a rate of 1 injury every 7.5 minutes.
The most common types of injuries were fractures and broken bones, with nearly half of all injuries resulting in some kind of damage to the joints, according the ADTD.
Injuries to the lower body, such as fractures and sprains, were the most common, accounting for more than a third of all pedestrian injuries.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has noted in a report released in 2017 that while motor vehicle deaths remain the most frequent cause of death, injuries from pedestrian injuries remain the greatest source of death.
ADTC states that ADT has taken steps to improve pedestrian safety and that ADTD has increased funding for pedestrian safety improvements in the years since it was established in 1990.
The ADTD and ADTI continue to work together to create a safer environment on the highway.
The state is also taking other actions to improve road safety, including the installation of a multi-level pedestrian crossing, improved signage, and enhanced traffic enforcement.
For more information on road safety and transportation, visit www.adtd.state.az.us or call (480) 853-3611.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.