(Crystal A. Proxmire, Feb. 6, 2013)
Sunday driving is not so bad in Ferndale. According to data by the Traffic Improvement Association, that’s the day with the fewest accidents in the city.
As part of the information related to Ferndale’s membership renewal, The Traffic Improvement Association shared three years’ worth of data on crashes. Understanding where, when, how and why accidents happen is part of helping to prevent them in the future.
One thing the data shows is that Sundays are the safest, with only 9% of crashes occurring then. Fridays have the most accidents, with 19%. Thursdays have 17%. Tuesdays and Wednesdays each have 16%. Mondays have 11% And Saturday is the second-safest with 11% of accidents occurring.
In the three-year reporting period, there was a total of 1065 accidents. These included one reported fatality and 16 incapacitating injuries. There were 25 accidents involving bicyclists and 19 involving pedestrians.
Alcohol was only a factor in 7% of the accidents, and 74% of the accidents occurred during dry road conditions. When broken down by the hour, 3pm-7pm were the hours with the highest frequency.
With three years taken into account, October had the most crashes with 11% (112). March had 101, September 100, and July 97.
The most accident-prone stretch of road is the EB 696 service drive from Hilton to I-75, which had 263 accidents in the past three years. This is also the same stretch of road where a traffic signal was removed approximately three years ago.
Woodward NB between 8 Mile and 9 Mile was the second most frequent site of accidents, with 71. Woodward SB between 8 Mile and 9 Mile had 59. 8 Mile between Woodward and Livernois had 49. Woodward SB from 9 Mile to the City Limit at Pleasant Ridge had 36. 9 Mile between Hilton and Woodward had 34, and 9 Mile between West End and Woodward had 27.
To download the report go to http://ferndale115.com/nuevo/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/TIA-membership-packet-and-report.pdf.
For more about the TIA visit www.tiami.us.