Thursday, December 6, 2012

Selective Enforcement: I-435 and Antioch

During the recent review of the High Accident Locations (HALS) for the 3rd quarter of 2012, I-435 Highway and Antioch Road was listed as #9 on the current list. At that time (end of September) the number of accidents was at 34 for the year, and currently sits at 57 through December 1st.

That particular location, as well as the many others on the list, receives constant attention as you can imagine, in order to keep those numbers from getting much higher.

There are a lot of factors that raise the number of accidents at a particular location. Most of them are attributed to the sheer number of vehicles that travel through those intersections, while road construction and speed contribute to them, as well.

Yesterday, four members of our Traffic Safety Unit spent about two hours working the I-435 and Antioch area for various traffic violations, but mainly concentrated on speeding. The area is still under construction to the west and the speed limit drops from 65 to 55mph just east of the Antioch Bridge.

Of the 57 accidents mentioned earlier, the majority of the accidents were rear-end collisions caused by inattentive driving, following too closely and speeding. During yesterday’s enforcement effort, 18 citations were written for speeding. Of those 18, all of them were going at speeds between 74 and 85mph, in a 55mph zone.

Actually, the number of citations could’ve been much higher as there were only three officers making stops while one operated the speed detection device.

The overall mission of our enforcement efforts is to try to change driver behavior. Countless studies have proven that speeding is a major threat to the public’s safety and thus warrants our constant attention.