I-17 one of the most dangerous highways in U.S., new study shows

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Interstate 17, which runs from Phoenix to Flagstaff, has just been named one of the most dangerous highways in the country, according to a new research study.

"I think since the population has increased in Arizona, there are just so many cars out there," said Phoenix driver Keiva Shelman. "They have gotten more aggressive, changing lanes without looking and driving faster."

The software data firm TeleTrac Navman analyzed the number of fatal accidents on U.S. highways and Interstates over a 5-year period, then determined which days and times were the most deadly.

I-17 ranked number 4 on the deadliest highway list, with 123 fatalities from 2011 to 2015.

The study then determined when the majority of fatal accidents took place.

March was the deadliest month of the year along I-17.

Saturday was the deadliest day of the week. And the deadliest day was the third day of the month.

Rick Crenshaw of Phoenix thinks the only way to make I-17 safer is to widen the freeway and increase the police presence.

"It gets better if the highway patrol is there because people do slow down and they drive better," said Crenshaw. "It just needs to be more heavily patrolled and honestly, needs more lanes"

Interstate 4 in Florida ranked as the number one most dangerous highway.

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Jason Barry
Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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