Traffic crashes on roadways in the greater Akron area showed a slight increase from 2009 to 2010, according to the latest three year analysis from the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study.
AMATS Transportation Engineer Dave Pulay says the most deadly crashes in the Akron area over the past three years involved motorcycles, bicycles and distracted drivers.
Pulay tells AkronNewsNow " Nationwide it's estimated that 20% of innury crashes and 16% of fatalities involved distracted driving."
Pulay says texting and portable electronic devices are the main culprits causing distracted driver crashes.
The analysis shows the total number of area crashes increased by 2% to 16,873 in 2010. Pulay says the total is still roughly 6,200 fewer crashes than in 2002.
He credits safer road design and safer vehicles for the overall decline in traffic crashes over the past eight years.
News Release from the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study.
Traffic crashes on the Greater Akron area’s roadways and intersections showed a slight increase from 2009 to 2010, according to the latest three-year analysis compiled by the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS).
The agency bases its analysis on more than 52,000 crash records from the Ohio Department of Public Safety. AMATS identifies and ranks high-crash roadways, intersections and freeways by a composite score based on number of crashes, crash rate and severity.
The analysis shows that the total number of area crashes increased by 2 percent to 16,873 in 2010 from 16,471 in 2009. AMATS Transportation Engineer Dave Pulay notes that the 2010 total is still roughly 6,200 fewer crashes than in 2002.
“Although we had a slight increase last year, we’re still lower than we were nine years ago. Crashes have been on a downward trend for the last decade due to a combination of things, such as the completion of much-needed safety improvements, fewer vehicle miles traveled because of the weak economy and safer vehicles,” Pulay observes.
The 2008-2010 analysis identifies high-crash roadway sections and intersections in the Greater Akron area. As the agency responsible for transportation planning in the area, AMATS uses this information to identify and plan for safety improvements throughout the region.
Other findings of the analysis are that:
· Motorcycle crashes represented 2 percent of total area crashes, but represented 22 percent of crash-related fatalities. Pedestrian-related crashes represented 1 percent of total crashes, but represented 14 percent of fatalities.
· While Akron is home to the area’s highest ranked high-crash roadway section located on Canton Road (state Route 91), from the Akron South Corporate line to Triplett Boulevard, Portage County is home to the second and third highest ranked high-crash sections located at state Route 44, from Tallmadge Road to Interstate 76, in Rootstown Township and state Route 59 (East Main Street), from Willow Street to Luther Avenue, in Kent.
· The two highest ranked high-crash intersections in the area are located in Summit County at S. Broadway Street and East Thornton Street in Akron and state Route 91 (Darrow Road) and Graham Road in Stow. The area’s third highest ranked intersection is located at state Routes 14 and 44 and state Route 88 (North Freedom Street) in Ravenna.
· Although the total number of area crashes increased, the number of high-crash roadway segments and intersections actually decreased.
Pulay adds that the agency will release its analysis of freeway locations in the Greater Akron area in the coming weeks. For more information, please call AMATS at 330-375-2436. The analysis is available on the AMATS web site at amatsplanning.org.