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Arizona deaths resulting from car accidents rose to 962 people in 2016, marking a 7.3 percent increase from 2015, according to a report by the Arizona Department of Transportation.
On average, one person was killed in a car accident every 9.11 hours in 2016, according to ADOT data.
The number of collisions increased nearly 9 percent, to 126,845, ADOT said in a news release Wednesday, adding that the increases are in line with national trends.
Speeding, impairment and lack of seat-belt usage are the leading fatality factors, ADOT said.
The department compiles its data based on police reports from around the state.
ADOT said 250 of those killed in 2016 weren’t using seat belts.
The department said impaired-driving crashes account for about 4 percent of all collisions and one-third of fatal collisions, adding that crashes involving impairment killed 406 people and injured more than 4,000 last year.
Alcohol-related fatalities decreased in 2016, falling from 329 people killed in 2015 to 307 last year.
Fatalities related to illegal drugs or prescription medication increased, rising from 77 in 2015 to 99 last year.
Friday was the peak day of the week for all crashes in 2016, while the most fatal crashes occurred on Saturdays.
The highest number of car-accident fatalities in Arizona was in 2006, when 1,301 people were killed, the agency said.
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