We are pleased to bring you the “most discussed” topics on social media regarding traffic (not including locations) for the month of January.
Each month, we share these traffic statistics – a total of eight – that we see as being of primary concern to you, our residents. These statistics include the following: 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 share messages to you and to others who follow our channels as we conduct enforcement in and around the city.
We announced this effort in the summer of 2018, and we are thrilled to continue this endeavor in the new year.
Below are the statistics for the top traffic topics noted for January 2019. Please note, in order to provide you with the most complete data set possible, we have a two-month buffer to allow as many reports to be logged into our system as possible. Our five-man traffic team is quite busy, not just with traffic enforcement, but helping out our patrol teams, our school resource teams, and more! They are one of the teams that not only require the most training, they also spend time educating others in our Alive at 25 class, at local schools, and they participate in the Allied Enforcement initiative each month in cities across the South Bay.
While this buffer does not guarantee that the data set is 100 percent complete, we will update 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 fact (abbreviated PCF, meaning the primary reason why the collision occurred), and if the collision involved a bicyclist, a pedestrian, someone under the influence, and more, in our quarterly compilation. That will be shared with you in the next month.
January 2019 statistics:
Traffic Collisions, Injuries: 19
Traffic Collisions, Fatal: 1
Speeding Violations: 23
Stop sign disregards: 11
Signal disregards: 5
Cell phone violations: 14
Bicycle-involved collisions: 4
Pedestrian involved collisions: 2
In addition to sharing this data with you, we also wanted to take a moment to remind our residents about the importance of staying vigilant on the roadway -- be you a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and as more people head outside to enjoy the lovely weather, it is so important to ensure we are all doing our part to stay aware that there may be more folks bicycling or walking in our city. Drivers, it is against the law to use your phone while you are driving. Please, put your phone down, keep your eyes on the road, and be aware of your surroundings. We know you know this, but we wanted to send a friendly reminder.
Also, drivers, please look both ways before turning a corner or pulling out of a driveway. While traffic flow should go one way, it's possible you may see someone heading in the opposite direction. Please take those extra seconds to ensure you are clear on both sides before pulling out into the roadway.
Finally, ensure that your ears are also open to hear sounds around you! Those AirPods are great, but in all seriousness, at least one ear should be free of any headphones so that you can hear if someone or something is around you.
If you have any other suggestions, please, let us know! Thanks everyone, and stay safe.