ADOT reports rise in vehicle fatalities in 2015

YUMA, Ariz. – Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reports there was a rise in motor-vehicle crashes in 2015.

At 3 p.m. Friday, across the ADOT will be displaying digital messages to warn drivers of the 891 fatal crashes in 2015. These numbers reflect data from January to September 2015, so they are still collecting data from the remainder of the year. That number far surpasses the 773 fatalities during 2014. The increase in fatalities has state leaders calling for Arizonans to reflect on how they act behind the wheel.

Laura Douglas, ADOT Spokesperson said, “One third of these motor vehicles are related to speeding, impaired driving, or not wearing a seat belt, or having a child safety seat. All of these are key factors to these fatalities, that’s more than 30 percent.”

Quentin Mehr, Department of Public Safety says, “There are a lot of collisions where people who were not wearing their seat belts were ejected from their seat and died from their injuries.”

Yuma Police Department wants to remind drivers to put down their phones while driving, call a taxi or designate a driver when impaired and be patient to get to your destination safe.

Sgt. Lori Franklin said, “This time of year there is a whole lot more traffic on the road.”

A final number for 2015 fatalities will be available when ADOT publishes its annual Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts report later this year.

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