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N4T Investigators: Highway Hazards

TUCSON – After looking through nearly 70 pages of crash statistics recently released by the Arizona Department of Transportation, News 4 Tucson Investigators have been able to find new information about what’s causing crashes on Arizona’s roads.

According to ADOT statistics, there were more than 127,000 crashes in 2018. However, while the number of crashes went down, the number of fatal crashes increased to 1,010.

“Driver behavior plays a role in more than 90 percent of crashes, so many of these crashes, fatalities and injuries that occur on our roads, they are entirely preventable. People choosing not to drive impaired, choosing not to speed, not drive recklessly or distracted,” said Doug Pacey with ADOT.

Crash statistics also shed light on when drivers are most likely to crash.

The month with the highest number of crashes: October

Day of the week with the highest number of crashes: Friday

Day of the week with the highest number of fatal crashes: Saturday

Time of day when most crashes occur: 4 – 5 p.m.

Time of day when most fatal crashes occur: 8 – 9 p.m.

Statistics show that men are much more likely to be involved in a fatal crash. News 4 Tucson Investigators found men were involved in 66% of fatal crashes and 81% of alcohol-related fatal crashes.

Rear-end collisions were the most common cause of a crash.

Eating and drinking were the most common type of distracted driving.

“The thing about distracted driving is the number is much higher than what’s reported because the driver who was distracted and rear-ended someone or hit someone they don’t always or often admit to it,” said Pacey.

Nick VinZant

Nick VinZant

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