Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Top Accident Locations for the First Quarter of 2012

Last week, officers with the Overland Park Police Department conducted one of their monthly accident and driver awareness campaigns in an ongoing effort to keep our roadways safe. The special attention given to various locations throughout the city are in the hopes of reducing motor vehicle collisions through selective enforcement, education and deterrence.

Our Crime Analysis Unit recently published statistics showing the top twenty accident locations for the first quarter of 2012. In this report, the numbers for this year are compared to this time last year. This type of information is critical in our endeavor to reduce the number of accidents in Overland Park.

Looking at just the top ten High Accidents Locations on that list, you’ll see that the Traffic Safety Unit worked six of them this past week (#2, #3, #4, #5, #9, & #10), and wrote a total of 177 citations during a six-hour period.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes have been on a downward trend since 2005. In fact, fatalities have declined about 24 percent from the recent peak of 43,510 fatalities in 2005 to the 32,885 fatalities reported in 2010.

NHTSA also believes that a strong traffic enforcement program will reduce the daily toll of death and injury on our nation's highways and, at the same time, combat crime as well.