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Arizona car crashes: 1,000 killed in 2017 crashes, driver behavior to blame

PHOENIX - Crashes on Arizona's roads claimed 1,000 lives in 2017, and officials say driver behavior is most often to blame.

The on Tuesday, detailing various crash and fatality statistics across the state.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation's "2017 Crash Facts" report, traffic deaths rose for the third straight year, with impairment, speeding and reckless driving, and failure to wear a seat belt among the top factors in fatalities. 

Pedestrian-related deaths saw the biggest jump in the report, up 17% from 2016 to 2017.

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Take a look at some other statistics from the report below:

  • The month of March saw more crashes across the state than any other month, according to the report. 
  • The peak day for all crashes was January 20, 2017, with 640. December 22, 2017 was the peak day for deadly incidents, when eight people were killed.
  • The number of crashes across the state saw a small increase in 2017, totaling 127,064 crashes, up 77 from 2016.
  • Pedestrian-involved crashes increased by 59 in 2017, bringing the total to 1,702.
  • More than 15,000 hit-and-run crashes occurred across the state in 2017, leaving 64 people dead. Both the total number of hit-and-run crashes, as well as deadly hit-and-runs reported were up. 

To view the full report, click here.

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