WASHINGTON – Arizona got an “F” for its safety policies, scoring particularly poorly on traffic safety, in a new national ranking of how well states are prepared to deter preventable deaths.
The report by the National Safety Council ranked states for safety on the road, at home and at work and the results do “not paint a very favorable picture of safety in the U.S.,” where 11 states got a grade of “F” and none got an “A.”
Arizona ranked 44th overall, but 48th for road safety, where it was nicked for weak or nonexistent laws on child passengers, seat belts, vulnerable road users and distracted driving.
Safety council President and CEO Deborah Hersman, speaking at the release of the report Tuesday, said the country is “not even close to where we need to be if we’re going to prevent the most common types of accidents that occur on our roads, in our homes and communities and at work.”
For Arizona, the biggest problem area was road safety. While motor vehicle fatalities nationally have risen 14 percent since 2014, Arizona has seen almost a 23 percent increase in the same period. In 2016, the state had 962 motor vehicle fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Hersman said that child booster seats, a helmet law for children and motorcyclists, and restrictions on teenage driving would all help to eliminate many of Arizona’s “preventable deaths.”
“There’s a lot of room for improvement in Arizona,” Hersman said. “They’re getting an ‘F’ on highway safety and the people that…
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