Skip to comments.Road Runner: Arizona transportation officials defend Interstate 10 against 'most dangerous' label
Posted on 10/06/2019 9:08:14 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A new report ranking the deadliest highways in the nation calls Interstate 10 the most dangerous in Arizona.
But Arizona highway officials say the ranking is incomplete and overlooks a variety of efforts made to make the highway that links the two most populous metro areas in the state as safe as possible.
There were 100 fatalities on Arizonas nearly 400 miles of I-10 from 2015 to 2017, according to ASecureLifes report, which used statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The company, which mainly deals in security systems, said it seeks to report on everyday issues affecting consumers.
The ASecureLife team aims to help consumers stay informed on issues that can affect their safety or security, company officials said.
We do this through continuous research, tests, reviews and reports.
Its reports have ranged from cyberbullying to making a 72-hour emergency survival kit.
The company noted in its highway report that it was not a basis for road safety rankings.
Steve Elliott, an Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman, said if the report ranking is dealing with safety, many factors were overlooked.
Fatalities alone really shouldnt be the sole indicator of a highways safety performance. You would need to look at variables including traffic volume, Elliott said.
I would note that I-10 is the states longest and most traveled freeway. Much of it passes through the states largest metropolitan area. It would also be valuable to examine all types of crashes, whether its a minor fender bender or a severe injury or fatal collision.
Elliott added that I-10 is safe and its designed to meet exacting safety standards.
But Elliott did mention another important factor: driver behavior.
(Excerpt) Read more at tucson.com ...
The sticking point is the indemnity that the Gila River Indian Community would want to charge to permit the widening of I-10 through tribal land. The cost of that indemnity would be equal to or greater than the cost of the actual widening. The Community believes it got screwed badly when I-10 was first built, and it doesn't intend to let it happen a second time.
It seems there is always trouble on that stretch of I-10.
When I travel from Chandler to Casa Grande, I take the back roads around Sacaton.
Traveling east on I10 causes lots if traffic changing lanes yo pick up AZ202. It is a very confusing piece of road, and I minimize travel on it.
May have been the time of day, but traveled that road both directions from Phoenix to Tucson and saw nothing ominous about it.
Traffic is heavy, mix of sleepy truck drivers coming off all night drives and people who just woke up hurrying to work is a toxic mix
And Illegals crossing?
So, I saw three articles about something I never heard of. Whenever that happens I check to see who posted them.
And sure enough. ;)
Is it the highway that’s unsafe...or the people who drive it?
I-10 is safe; its the drivers who are a-holes (or cal=holes).
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