We are pleased to bring you the “most discussed” topics on social media regarding traffic (not including locations) for the month of October.
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 October 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. We will also inform you of any significant changes to the data set.
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 shared the most recent collection of quarterly statistics to you last month.
October 2018 statistics:
Traffic Collisions, Injuries: 28
Traffic Collisions, Fatal: 0
Speeding Violations: 32
Stop Sign Disregards: 13
Signal Disregards: 16
Cell Phone Violations: 16
Bike-Involved Collisions: 9
Ped-Involved Collisions: 3
As we head towards ringing in 2019, we wanted to take a moment to remind everyone to stay alert and safe while the roadway. With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, make sure you plan ahead if you are heading to a celebration or coming home from one.
Did you know that between 6 p.m. on December 31 and 6 a.m. on January 1 are the most dangerous hours of the year to drive or ride in a car on our nation’s roadways? If possible, avoid being on the road during that window of time. If your celebrations this year will include alcohol, follow these tips to ensure you have a safe start to 2019:
1. Make a plan ahead of time. Don't wait until you've started drinking to figure out how you're going to get home.
2. Never get in the car with a driver who has been drinking. Even one alcoholic beverage can impair his or her ability to drive safely.
3. Make sure friends and family who celebrate with you have a safe ride home, or invite them to sleep on your couch or spare bed.
4. Plan to call a taxi or use a ride sharing service such as Uber or Lyft to help you get home safely.
5. If you wake up early on New Year’s Day after consuming too many adult beverages the night before, be aware that you could still be legally intoxicated and don’t drive until enough time has passed that you’re sober.
Also, if you witness a driver who you suspect may be driving under the influence, pull over to a safe place and call 9-1-1 immediately.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year, and if you have any additional questions, please let us know!