5 Most dangerous intersections in Phoenix metro area

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Speed, distracted drivers and red-light runners drive up the number of collisions on Valley roadways according to AAA Arizona.

AAA released a list of the top five intersections that averaged the highest number of collisions based on data analyzed from the Maricopa Association of Governments, over a three-year span from 2008 to 2010.

The intersection include 35th and Dunlap avenues in Phoenix with 139 average collisions, 59th and Olive avenues in Glendale with 137 collisions, 59th Avenue and Thunderbird Road in Glendale, 32nd Street and McDowell Road in Phoenix with 112 collisions, 51st Avenue and Camelback Road in Phoenix with 108 collisions.

AAA says national numbers show last December saw 9,648 crashes in Arizona, the highest monthly number for the entire year. The holidays can lead to an increase in distracted driving and motorists in a hurry.

“When it comes to red-light running, we are home to some of the worst offenders in the country,” said Michelle Donati of AAA Arizona.

“It’s gotten worse over the years,” said Jean Murphy, who has noticed an increase in congestion and traffic on local roadways. “It’s hard to be safe.”

AAA urges drivers to drive defensively and pay attention for motorists who may not be.

“If you’re doing something at a red light, and light turns green, and you step on the gas, you may not see a red-light runner.  That could be a fatal error,” Donati said.