PHOENIX - Motor vehicle crashes on local roads and highways across the state claimed the lives of 895 people in 2015, 121 more than 2014, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation's (ADOTS) annual Motor Vehicle Crash Facts report.
The statistical report relied on data provided by law enforcement agencies around the state. It provided information about motor vehicle crashes in 2015, including a 15.6 percent increase in fatalities, compared to 774 deaths that occurred in 2014.
The highest annual number of motor vehicle crash fatalities in Arizona - 1,301, occurred in 2006.
Statistics from the report included;
313 of those killed 2015 weren't using a seat belt, child safety device or helmet, which represents a 17.7 percent increase from 2014;
300 of those killed were involved in crashes related to exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions, a 25.5 percent increase from 2014 and
295 of those killed were involved in alcohol-related crashes, a 9.7 percent increase from 2014.
"One death will always be too many, and there are things all drivers can do to reduce the number of crash deaths, starting with buckling up, obeying speed limits and reducing speed when conditions warrant," said ADOT director John Halikowski. "When you are behind the wheel, job number one is driving - not looking at your phone, not reading, not personal grooming, not anything that takes your attention away from the road. It is dangerous and disrespectful for everyone sharing the road with you. Just drive."
In 2015, total crashes in the state rose to 116,609 from 109,664 from 2014. Total injuries rose with 53,554 in 2015 compared