AZ rural roads have fifth highest fatality rate in America

AZ rural roads have fifth highest fatality rate in America

PHOENIX (Tucson News Now) - Hitting the road in Arizona might be more dangerous than you think. A new study found the state's rural roads have the fifth highest fatality rate in the country.

A National Transportation Research Group report shows the state's non-interstate, rural roads had twice as many traffic fatalities than the state's urban streets. That's three deaths for every 100 million miles of travel. Arizona's metropolitan roads saw 1.15 deaths per 100 million miles.

Officials blame these figures on deteriorating street conditions. The TRIP report says the US needs to adopt policies to improve what they call "rural connectivity."

To accomplish this, they recommend restoring roads for commercial travel and improving roadway safety overall.

The study says Michigan, Pennsylvania and Connecticut all have America's most dangerous rural roads, while Pennsylvania, California and Kansas have the safest.

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