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When most of us think of deadly crashes, we likely picture major car crashes that take place on freeways. But a larger percentage of fatal crashes actually occur on city streets, county highways, and reservation roads.

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When most of us think of deadly crashes, we likely picture major car crashes that take place on freeways. But a larger percentage of fatal crashes actually occur on city streets, county highways, and reservation roads, according to 2017 data compiled by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Many of these fatal crashes involve pedestrians and bicyclists.

In fact, Arizona and the greater Phoenix region are among the worst areas in the country for pedestrian deaths and serious injuries. To help reduce such crashes, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is committing $10 million over five years to address immediate safety needs. 

MAG Executive Director Eric Anderson“These are smaller-scale but important safety projects that can be executed quickly, providing immediate results in reducing roadway deaths and injuries,” said MAG Executive Director Eric Anderson. He noted the funding was made possible through an innovative agreement between MAG and ADOT that allowed the agencies to “trade” federal transportation funds for state transportation funds. State funds can be used more cost effectively than federal funds for smaller projects meaning the dollars can be stretched further.  

“Safety is a high priority for both MAG and ADOT,” said Anderson. “This approach serves both the state and the region by providing flexibility and agility. We can solve near-term safety needs with lower-cost solutions.”

Under the new Roadway Safety Program, MAG has identified approximately $2 million each year in funding for fiscal years 2020 to 2024, totaling $10 million. 

MAG is continuing to identify safety improvements and projects that can be included in the next Regional Transportation Plan, Imagine. The Plan is currently under development by the MAG Transportation Policy Committee. 

Do You Feel Safe on the Street?
A new public poll asks drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to help improve safety planning. To provide your input, fill out a short survey at www.azmag.gov/safetysurvey.

Published October 29, 2019

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