ADOT: 2022 was the second-deadliest year on Arizona’s roads


Nearly 1,300 traffic fatalities were reported in Arizona last year, making it one of the deadliest years on the state’s roads.

PHOENIX — The year 2022 has turned out to be one of the deadliest for traffic fatalities in Arizona, according to a new report from the Arizona Department of Transportation. 

Traffic deaths increased again for the third year in a row after the state reported having 1,294 fatalities on Arizona’s roads and highways, which was an 8% increase from 2021. 

ADOT data shows that crashes associated with speeding accounted for the greatest share of traffic deaths and injuries. Deaths involving motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians all increased in 2022.

The fatality count is the second highest ever recorded by ADOT, coming up a bit short of the 1,301 traffic deaths reported in 2006. 

The total number of injuries sustained from traffic collisions last year was 52,411, which was a slight increase from 2021.

“Most of these collisions are preventable if drivers do two things,” said Major Jason Leonard, chief of staff of the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Division. “First, avoid distractions and remain focused on the task of driving. Second, be patient and drive within the law, especially relating to speed, passing, and distracted driving.”

Deaths on Arizona roads

Data from the Arizona Department of Transportation shows that roadway fatalities have been gradually rising in Arizona over the last decade:

2011: 825 deaths2012: 821 deaths2013: 844 deaths2014: 774 deaths2015: 895 deaths2016: 952 deaths2017: 1,000 deaths2018: 1,010 deaths2019: 982 deaths2020: 1,057 deaths

ADOT offers driving tips on its website to help keep people safe on the road.

“There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety,” the department sai …

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