Arizona December 01, 2017
Few People Know One Of The Most Deadly Highways In The Country Can Be Found Right Here In Arizona
We’re in the midst of a heavy travel season with the holidays in full tow and you’ll want to be extra careful during your next road trip. The GPS company
Teletrac Navman recently released a study on the deadliest highways in the country and one Arizona road was designated as one of the deadliest in the country.
If you travel often enough, it probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn that the 146-mile stretch of Interstate 17 was included on the list. The road that connects Phoenix to Flagstaff saw 123 deaths between 2011 and 2015, averaging 0.843 deaths per mile and making it the fourth deadliest highway in the country.
The study cited Phoenix as having the deadliest portions of the highway with 49 deaths occurring within city limits. Last year,
The Arizona Republic noted that the deadliest areas of I-17 between 2013 and 2015 were between Greenway and Bell Roads, and Happy Valley Road and Loop 303.
The most common incidents, according to the study, occurred between two moving vehicles followed by rollovers and pedestrian collisions. It also indicated that Saturdays between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. were the most fatal times to travel on the road.
Two other Arizona highways were also included on the list, with Interstate 10 ranking sixth and Interstate 40 ranking 21st. Interstate 10 had the largest total number of deaths, with 1,730 spanning its 2,460 miles between California and Florida. However, the highway averaged 0.703 deaths per mile and Houston, Texas was named the deadliest city on the road.
What do you think of the study? Do you agree that I-17 is one of the deadliest highways in the country? How do you think this will impact your travel plans this holiday season?
Despite the news, history shows that travel these days is much safer than it used to be. You can read about one of the deadliest moments in travel in a previous article,
One Of The Worst Disasters In U.S. History Happened Right Here In Arizona.