In order to keep our community informed of just some of the many aspects of police work we do on a regular basis, we are bringing to you our quarterly traffic compilations of all traffic collision data that was collected in the second quarter of 2019.
This data is available for you to view at your convenience. To reiterate, the data being released today is collision statistics compiled from April 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019. The data includes where the incident occurred, the primary collision factor (abbreviated PCF, meaning the primary reason for why the collision occurred), and if the collisions involve a bicyclist, a pedestrian, someone driving under the influence, and more.
The data set can be found here.
Please note, in order to provide the most complete data possible, we will be sharing statistics with a two-month gap to ensure we have as complete a data set as possible. That, however, still does not guarantee that the data sets are 100 percent complete, and as such, we know that we will need to update the information provided here should the need arise. Traffic collision investigations, depending on their severity, can take several weeks, and even months, to complete. As we are able, we will update the data to reflect the most accurate information.
We will work to continue to release monthly traffic statistics on top topics discussed on social media, and we will continue to share quarterly reports here for you.
As with each message we share regarding traffic data in Mountain View, we often also share a safety message.
Next week, most of our Mountain View students will be heading back to school. We wanted to share a few safety reminders, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to help keep Mountain View roads safe.
Drivers, please stop for school buses when you are behind them. This may add just a few extra minutes to your commute, so please leave early enough to allow time to get to students to school safely and with enough time to get into their seats before the bell rings!
Remember: when buses stop to pick up students, other drivers need to stop, too.
Yellow flashing lights mean slow down — don’t speed up — because the bus is preparing to stop. There are likely students waiting to get on the bus or parents waiting nearby to pick up children. Red flashing lights mean come to a full stop — and wait at least 20 feet behind the bus — because children are getting on or off the school bus. Stay stopped until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving.
As always, be alert as you back out of a driveway, or drive through a neighborhood, school zone or bus stop.
For those of you who walk to school, keep your eyes on the road. Walking or biking to school is great exercise, but we ask that parents of kiddos 10 and under try and accompany their child to school, or have a designated adult who will make sure they get safely to school.
If you’re walking:
-- Use the sidewalk always.
-- Whenever they are available, use marked crosswalks to cross the street, and look left-right-left for vehicles or bikes before crossing.
-- Make sure you never play, push or shove others when you walk around traffic.
-- Everyone should watch the road, not their phones.
If you're riding a bike to school:
-- Always wear a correctly fitted helmet, and securely fasten the chin strap. Anyone under the age of 17 *must* wear a helmet!
-- Ride in the same direction as traffic, and follow traffic signs and signals.
-- Stay in the bike lane whenever possible.
-- Never use electronics while riding.
For drivers (parents or students)
-- The car shouldn’t move until everyone is buckled up.
-- Follow the speed limit.
-- Stay focused. Remember that the phone stays down when you’re driving.
We're looking forward to a safe start to the school year with everyone. Remember, traffic safety is everyone's responsibility,
whether you’re a driver, walker, bicyclist, bus rider, or parent.