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What a sad Record for Arizona

Honestly it does not surprise me the Madness and Crap I see day in and day out between AZ and NV you just can shake your head.

Arizona Traffic Fatalities
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Since Jan. 1, 2018

From the Director: Why we’re displaying year-to-date traffic fatalities on our homepage

Traffic fatalities in Arizona, and nationwide, are climbing. Every year since 2014, the number of people killed annually in car crashes on Arizona’s city streets, county roads and state highways has increased.

Beginning this week, you’ll be able to see the life-and-death consequences that selfish driving decisions have on Arizona’s motorists. We’re placing a feature on the ADOT homepage that displays the number of people killed in traffic collisions since Jan. 1, 2018, on Arizona’s roads. This number will be updated weekly.

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Tailgating? Quite bad in the UK and just come back from France. There out of town speed limit was 90km/h on single carriageway roads but in July this reduced to 80km/h. Seems the French do not know about this and try to intimidate by driving so close that the driver keeping to the speed limit feels they need to break the speed limit. So if anything happens to cause the lead driver to brake the car behind will crash in to the rear.
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Probably a number of factors involved, both in AZ and nationwide in the USA.

Modern cars have so many safety devices people become complacent and so many screens, buttons and gizmos to distract drivers. Distraction from cell phones, Nav systems, and other personal electronics certainly plays a role.

Alcohol and drug abuse is epidemic and has to be playing a part. People driving with suspended or revoked licenses. Sovereign Citizens and illegal aliens driving with no license at all. All those folks are more likely to get into an accident, either while simply driving or when trying to elude police.

The high cost of new cars, and the fact that most engines nowadays are good for 200K miles or more, means more older cars with the potential for other mechanical issues on the road. Here in SC, that's compounded by the lack of annual state inspection and a "personal property tax" structure that makes owning a vehicle more than 15 years old attractive.

A large number of motorcycles, at both extremes, on the road. Overpowered bikes driven by idiots doing stunts on public roads while filming their antics for YouTube and (at least here in South Carolina) slow and poorly lit mopeds operated primarily by folks who can't get a license, or have lost it for DWI.

Then there's State and local budgets that keep road repairs and traffic enforcement at a minimum.

Am sure I missed a few, too.
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All good comments and I add this one. We have a young generation filled with entitlement (at least in the US). It is unprecedent and can been seen in every aspect of their lives and the rest of society - including the way they drive. We raised them and we are now living with what we produced.
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