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PRESS RELEASES

Fewest Highway Deaths in 2009

Fewest number of people killed on Arizona Highways this past year than in each of the past 15 years

Thursday, January 07, 2010 -

Agency investigated nearly half the number of fatal collisions in 2009 that it investigated just three years prior; deaths and personal injuries sustained in collisions on state highway system also drop to level not seen in many years

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated fewer fatal collisions in 2009 than in any of the past 15 years. This is despite the fact that the number of miles patrolled by highway patrol officers with DPS has dramatically increased during that time period along with the number of motorists who use state highways in Arizona. What is especially encouraging to DPS is that the number of fatal collisions investigated by the agency has dropped by nearly 50 percent from 2006 to 2009. Personal injuries sustained in collisions investigated by DPS have also sharply declined to a level not seen since 1995. While these statistics are highly encouraging, it is the ultimate goal of DPS that not a single person dies on state highways in Arizona.

The numbers below speak for themselves:


15 year history of DPS Investigated Collisions, Licensed Drivers, Motor Vehicle Registration


Calendar

Year

Total

Collisions

Fatal

Collisions

Injury

Collisions

Property

Damage Only

Collisions

Total

Persons

Killed

Total

Persons

Injured

Total

Vehicles

Involved

Total AZ

Licensed

Drivers

Total AZ

Registered

Vehicles

1994

16,819

247

5,108

11,464

313

8,826

28,226

2,631,218

2,786,435

1995

18,329

272

5,602

12,455

340

9,577

31,537

2,776,877

2,945,574

1996

19,238

275

5,975

12,988

347

10,185

33,246

3,127,080

3,187,190

1997

20,530

265

6,306

13,959

308

10,664

35,701

3,187,150

3,393,170

1998

22,310

293

6,551

15,466

354

11,019

39,070

3,598,325

3,683,891

1999

22,778

307

6,876

15,595

366

11,414

40,226

3,372,187

3,731,126

2000

25,504

327

7,757

17,420

414

12,738

45,309

3,529,732

3,983,860

2001

26,449

309

7,823

18,317

352

14,372

47,212

3,550,766

4,037,359

2002

29,152

326

8,662

20,164

395

13,907

52,392

3,668,704

4,089,662

2003

29,301

361

8,589

20,351

440

16,424

52,865

3,819,823

4,193,262

2004

32,144

379

9,134

22,631

466

14,791

58,587

3,784,365

4,364,857

2005

33,212

376

9,375

23,461

456

14,813

60,713

3,963,005

4,556,448

2006

33,828

402

9,390

24,036

480

18,629

61,975

4,091,789

4,748,957

2007

32,999

323

9,059

23,617

372

15,120

60,116

4,212,393

4,848,162

2008

28,109

288

7,712

20,109

345

14730

50,703

4,360,711

4,842,188

2009

23,698

213

6521

16,964

264

10,051

42,356

*4,403,942

*4,883,381



* June, 09 MVD point in time report for licensed drivers, November, 09 point in time report for registered vehicles excluding non-powered and off-road vehicles. Total Licensed Drivers and Registered Vehicles courtesy of ADOT.

15 year history of Alcohol related collisions investigated by DPS

Calendar

Year

Total

Alcohol

Related

Collisions

Alcohol

Related

Fatal

Collisions

Alcohol

Related

Injury

Collisions

Alcohol

Related

Property

Damage

Collisions

Alcohol

Related

Collision

Deaths

Alcohol

Related

Collision

Personal

Injuries

Total

Vehicles

Involved

Alcohol

Related

Hit and

Run Collisions

DUI

Arrests

From Alcohol

Related

Collisions

DUI

Responsible

For

Collision

1994

1,173

59

643

471

79

1,199

1,747

104

723

740

1995

1,255

72

660

523

84

1,269

1,879

122

839

850

1996

1,237

74

684

479

96

1,248

1,893

124

836

861

1997

1,277

76

685

516

84

1,299

1,976

140

816

941

1998

1,300

57

686

557

66

1,168

1,981

155

852

985

1999

1,279

57

687

535

72

1,169

1,986

161

840

1008

2000

1,441

61

746

634

83

1,326

2,261

224

980

1145

2001

1,304

58

659

587

66

1,071

1,970

159

901

1084

2002

1,315

49

662

604

59

1,082

2,015

121

949

1108

2003

1,395

61

733

601

75

1,216

2,195

166

981

1197

2004

1,477

70

715

692

79

1,177

2,271

172

1065

1287

2005

1,534

59

729

746

65

1,210

2,408

199

1068

1315

2006

1,408

46

657

705

54

1,037

2,205

183

1011

1223

2007

1,322

43

612

667

47

978

2,014

185

998

1178

2008

1,160

42

568

550

46

875

1,768

159

892

1036

2009

876

32

384

460

34

596

1,315

137

700

800



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