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Traffic Safety Monthly Report -- August 2018

We are pleased to (finally) bring you the “most discussed” topics on social media regarding traffic (not including locations) for the month of August.

We apologize for the delay, as we know that previously when we announced this initiative over the summer, we stated that we’d be publishing these once a month – with a two-month buffer to ensure the most accurate data possible. We’re behind just a bit!

Each month, we will share traffic statistics on eight topics that we see as being of primary concern to our residents: injury collisions, fatal collisions, collisions involving bicyclists, collisions involving pedestrians, stop sign violations, red light violations, speeding violations and cell phone violations. As we are able, we will also bring messages to the public throughout the weeks as we conduct enforcement in and around the city.

This effort, noted previously, was announced earlier this summer. The details on that initiative can be found here: https://www.mountainview.gov/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=1349&TargetID=9

Below are the statistics for the top traffic topics noted above for August 2018. Once again, please note that in order to provide you with the most complete data set possible, we will be sharing data from two months prior. This does not guarantee that the data sets are 100 percent complete, but we will update them and correct them should the need arise.

You will see even more data, including where the incident occurred, the primary collision factor (abbreviated PCF, meaning the primary reason why the collision occurred), and if the collision involved a bicyclist, pedestrian, someone under the influence, and more, in our quarterly compilation. We originally stated that would be released sometime in October. Due to extenuating circumstances, that data will be released no later than the end of November. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

August 2018 statistics:

Injury collisions – 21

Fatal collisions – 0

Speeding violations – 44

Stop sign violations – 57

Signal violations – 12

Cell phone violations – 39

Bike collisions – 5

Pedestrian collisions – 3

As we near the Thanksgiving holiday, we wanted to take a moment to remind everyone to stay alert and safe while the roadway. More than 54 million travelers are expected to hit the road and travel at least 50 miles for turkey this year, according to AAA. In fact, this Thanksgiving will see the highest volume in terms of travelers since 2005. Please remember to plug in directions to your destination before you leave your home, and to always keep your eyes up and your phones down – it is the law, after all.

If you are feeling sleepy, stay off the road! If you are tired, pull off the road into a safe place and rest. Also, before you head out, make sure you check your vehicle fluids, your battery and fill up on gas! If you are traveling far distances, make sure you have an emergency kit with supplies in case of a collision, a car break-down or a medical emergency. Your kit should include water, an extra cellphone charger, a flashlight and blankets. Also, make sure you don’t overload with luggage and other items. Your vehicle does have a weight limit, and it could impact your car’s capacity to slow down, make turns, etc.

Pedestrians and bicyclists, make sure your eyes are also up and your phones are down while you head out on the road. Make sure one ear is always free to listen for traffic and other potential road hazards. Wear clothing that will help you be spotted by others, and if you are on a bike, make sure you have lights!

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday, and if you have any additional questions, please let us know!

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