On April 14, 2017, a wrong way driver caused another crash, on I-17, that killed Karli and Kelsey Richardson, sisters, and the driver.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reviewed hundreds of accident reports and found the following data regarding the likely drivers, and the where and why of wrong-way crashes, and the likelihood of when wrong-way crashes are most likely to occur:
Morgan Willis reports in the State Press that distracted driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. Willis cites the Brain Injury Society, and further indicates that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving after consuming four beers.
The dangers of drunk driving are well established. The risks of distracted driving and cell phone use and driving are well known.
An 18 year old driver admitted to trying to get her Mercedes Benz up to 100 mph in order to post a photo using Snapchat's speed filter. When the driver crashed into another car outside of Atlanta, Georgia she was going about 107 mph, almost double the speed limit.
In 2012, there were almost 36 million drivers aged 65 and older in the United States. More than 5,500 older adults were killed and more than 214,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has surveyed the causes of motor vehicle crashes, and it has concluded that they are predominately due to driver related errors. Research has documented that 90 percent of motor vehicle crashes are caused at least in part by human error.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that what it calls drugged driving is rising and also a large increase in the number of drivers using marijuana and illegal drugs.
In the last 10 years, 91 people have been killed as a result of wrong-way drivers in Arizona.
Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts 2014, published by the Arizona Department of Transportation, provides a statistical review and summary of automobile crash data.