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ADOT: 962 Fatal Crashes Occurred In Arizona In 2016

People of Arizona are making poor choices behind the wheel. That’s leading to an increased number of fatal accidents on the road. 

Nine hundred sixty-two fatal crashes occurred in 2016, according to a recent report released by the Arizona Department of Transportation.

While that number is higher compared to 2015, it’s actually an improvement. When you look at data from 10 years ago, there has been a 26 percent decrease in the number of fatal crashes since 2006.

But among those killed, many deaths could have been prevented. Not using a seat belt, speeding and impairment were among the leading factors in traffic fatalities.

The report says one person was killed about every nine hours.

Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."