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 September 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.
September 2019 statistics:
Speeding violations - 13
Stop sign violations - 16
Cell phone violations - 55
Traffic Collisions, Injuries – 26
Traffic Collisions, Fatal - 0
Signal violations - 10
Bicycle-involved collisions -10
Pedestrian-involved collisions - 1
In addition to sharing this data with you, we also wanted to take a moment to share some safety tips as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday next week!
With the holiday season upon us, we hope you'll take these safety tips under advisement as you head out on the road. With busy travelers and shoppers just around the corner, please think about the following, especially if you are heading out of town for Turkey Day:
Millions of people are expected to hit the roads for Thanksgiving weekend, with congestion peaking between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday in many parts of the country. If you can, plan to leave earlier in the day.
Also, it certainly helps to leave the house early on Thanksgiving day. As early as 6 a.m., roads will be clear in most areas, with traffic gradually increasing throughout the morning and peaking around noon. But remember, traffic can also be tough on the way home. If you are coming back the weekend after the holiday, plan to leave early in the morning, and, if you can, try to leave on Sunday. Most travelers have actually returned home by then!
Also, please remember, do not use cellphones while you are driving -- hands free driving is the law. Eyes up, phones down. And, always avoid driver fatigue. If you are a bit too tired after a heavy meal to head home, make the smart choice and stay at a family member's or friend's home until you are awake and able to head safely home.
Thanks, Mountain View. As always, stay safe.