Tuesday, October 22, 2013

High Accident Locations Through September 30th

The 3rd quarter comparison numbers are out.  Some have gone up, a few have gone down, but for the most part the locations have remained the same.  We’re talking about the top 10 High Accident Locations throughout Overland Park.  Now that doesn’t mean these are the most dangerous intersections, by any means.  Most of the reported crashes at the intersections were minor rear-end collisions.   In fact, if you notice, most of them are at major interchanges.  And many of them can be attributed to drivers attempting to make a right without realizing that the vehicle in front of them also attempting to make a right turn on red actually stopped and did not complete the turn.  That’s why it’s important to always look in the direction you are driving.
We always remind people that factors such as road construction, detours and even new businesses will sometimes impact the number of reported collisions.  Two locations that are on list below are good examples of just that.  435 Highway & Quivira and 435 Highway & Antioch have long been high accident locations.  You can see both of these have had a significant drop.  We would like to say it is solely because of enforcement and education efforts made by the officers, but, the other fact is that construction has started to wrap up at both of these locations.  In contrast, 95th Street & Antioch has seen a considerable jump.  What caused that?  If you look there, you’ll find recent road construction and new development in the area that has increased traffic flow.
Winter is approaching and hazardous driving conditions are around the corner.  Regardless of where your route takes you, remember to use safe driving habits. Eliminate distractions, maintain safe following distances, watch where you are going and adjust your speed according to the laws and conditions of the roads. 
#
LOCATION
2013
2012
% Change
1
I435 HWY / METCALF AVE
79
67
17.9%
2
I435 HWY / QUIVIRA RD
53
81
-34.6%
3
135 ST / US69 HWY
49
44
11.4%
4
I435 HWY / ROE AVE
38
32
18.8%
5
151 ST / US69 HWY
32
30
6.7%
6
I435 HWY / ANTIOCH RD
32
34
-5.9%
7
I435 HWY / NALL AVE
30
30
0.0%
8
75 ST / METCALF AVE
27
37
-27.0%
9
I435 HWY / US69 HWY
27
42
-35.7%
10
95 ST / ANTIOCH RD
25
10
150.0%