First Weekend of September Marks a Rise in Motor Vehicle Accidents and Fatalities
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - Sixteen people were injured and two others were tragically killed in accidents in the Phoenix area over the weekend. According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, traffic accident fatalities rose by 10.5% last year, although the number of motorists on the roadways fell.
One of the reported weekend accidents occurred at 43rd Avenue and Clarendon Avenue. The accident injured four people and tragically killed an 11-year-old girl. The girl and her two brothers were taken to the Phoenix Children's Hospital. According to the news report, the children were walking on a sidewalk with their mother and a relative. According to law enforcement officers, the cause of the collision with the four pedestrians was an alleged drunk driver.
In a separate accident on Saturday, nine people, and a Phoenix police officer, were injured in three different accidents. The first accident occurred at Washington Street and 15th Avenue. The driver who caused the accident is suspected of driving under the influence. The alleged drunk driver collided with a police cruiser who was working another motor vehicle accident.
A second accident on Saturday occurred at 40th Avenue and Van Buren Street. The severe accident resulted in six people being transported to a local area hospital.
The uptick in severe motor vehicle accidents appears to be caused by drunk driving and speeding. Recently, Sheriffs from across the United States met to discuss the rising number of fatal accidents. The meeting enabled the Sheriffs to share vital information to determine the cause of the increase and to share strategies to combat speeding and drunk driving.
It is well documented that most accidents can be prevented with a little extra care and safety education. Since 1984, Montlick & Associates has been dedicated to keeping children and families safe on the roadway. Our commitment runs deep through our extensive, award-winning public service programs that provide people the information they need to avoid injuries. To learn about our Don't Drink and Drive Campaign, Child Passenger Safety Programs, Booster Seat Campaign and much more, visit montlick.com and click on “community service,” or simply click here. You can also learn more about one of our newest driver and passenger safety programs by visiting iridesafe.com.
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