Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the number of vehicle crashes in the City continues to decrease. The City's 2011 Crash Study shows that 7,673 crashes were reported in Lincoln compared to 7,710 reported in 2010 and 7,738 reported in 2009.
"Lincoln's size has now reached 91 square miles, and the number of registered vehicles in Lancaster County is up to a quarter million," Beutler said. "But despite our continued growth, our streets are safer for traffic. The City's Transportation Safety Improvement Program that began in 1979 has focused on engineering, enforcement and education. It is important that we continue this program that has made such a significant difference in the number and severity of crashes."
The Mayor also credited the City's drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists for their focus on safety. The 2012 "America's Best Drivers Report" from Allstate Insurance ranks Lincoln as the safest driving city among those with populations of 250,000 or more. Lincoln ranks fifth overall among all cities.
The study evaluated 1,322 intersections, and 94 emerged as "high crash" intersections. The crash rate is determined both by the number of crashes and their severity. The analysis showed that more than 60 percent of all intersection-related crashes occurred at signalized intersections. The ten signalized intersections with the highest crash severity rankings are listed below along with any improvements completed, under way or planned:
Miki Esposito, Director of the Public Works and Utilities Department, said the 2011 crash report will be a guide for allocating limited local resources. She said it also will help the City to aggressively compete for and secure Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds. To date, the City has successfully competed for and secured an estimated $11 million of HSIP funds to supplement local street construction dollars for safety improvements. HSIP-funded projects in various stages of implementation include the following:
Other results from the 2011 Crash Report include the following:
The 2011 Crash Report is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: crash).