Monday, January 14, 2013

2012 By the Numbers: High Accident Locations (HALS)

Each quarter we’ve shared with you the top ten accident locations throughout the city of Overland Park and how those locations compared to the previous quarter. The information provided to us by our Crime Analysis Unit is critical as we try to determine why these locations fall where they do on the list. It’s also a great tool to help us better allocate our resources in order to try to properly manage these locations, especially those at the top.

If you asked every comparable mid-size city, they should be able to give you a similar list of the high accident locations within their boundaries. The key for us has been the recognition of the issues that have contributed to these statistics and exploring alternatives or solutions to the problem.

As was mentioned in the past, we know there are certain mitigating factors which will always have an impact on the numbers, such as road construction or the large number of vehicles which travel through the various locations on a daily basis.

Looking at the final numbers for 2012, we’re pleased with the results and the efforts made by this department to reduce all but two of them, as compared to 2011. Number two on the list, I-435/Quivira, saw a total increase of just three accidents, which isn’t too bad considering the ongoing construction in that area.
  
#
LOCATION
     2012
2011
% Change
1
I435 HWY / METCALF AVE
85
96
-11.5%
2
I435 HWY / QUIVIRA RD
83
80
3.8%
3
135 ST / US69 HWY
55
66
-16.7%
4
COLLEGE BLVD / US69 HWY
51
58
-12.1%
5
I435 HWY / US69 HWY
48
54
-11.1%
6
75 ST / METCALF AVE
42
44
-4.5%
7
135 ST / HEMLOCK ST
41
30
36.7%
8
COLLEGE BLVD / QUIVIRA RD
38
41
-7.3%
9
I435 HWY / ANTIOCH RD
38
50
-24.0%
10
119 ST / US69 HWY
37
43
-14.0%
11
75 ST / I35 HWY
37
44
-15.9%
12
151 ST / US69 HWY
36
43
-16.3%
13
I435 HWY / ROE AVE
36
43
-16.3%
14
I435 HWY / NALL AVE
33
47
-29.8%
15
135 ST / METCALF AVE
27
37
-27.0%
16
95 ST / US69 HWY
27
53
-49.1%
17
COLLEGE BLVD / METCALF AVE
27
28
-3.6%
18
115 ST / METCALF AVE
25
29
-13.8%
19
95 ST / METCALF AVE
23
31
-25.8%
20
107 ST / METCALF AVE
22
23
-4.3%


The Overland Park Police Department will continue to conduct their monthly accident and driver awareness campaigns in an ongoing effort to keep our roadways safe. The special attention given to these various locations throughout the city will hopefully continue to reduce motor vehicle collisions.