Collisions at High-Risk Intersections are Down More Than Fifty Percent

Prince George, Traffic Services

2017-04-24 07:43 PDT

Over the last year, the local Detachment has focused its traffic enforcement efforts on reducing the amount of harm caused at intersections. The results of those efforts are significant.

From April 2016 to March 2017, the Prince George RCMP conducted an enforcement and education campaign targeting high risk behaviours at or near high-frequency collision locations in our community.

Utilizing 2013 data derived from our partners at ICBC, the RCMP looked at all collisions that occurred at these high-frequency locations.

The Top 10 locations in Prince George where collisions occurred most frequently in 2013 were:

In order to reduce the number of collisions at these high-frequency locations and increase safety for all road users in Prince George, the Traffic Services Section focused efforts on these locations and specifically targeted these contributing factors:

As a result of this enforcement and education campaign, the Prince George RCMP have seen a 53% reduction in the amount of collisions at these intersections from the previous year, as outlined in the table below (RCMP data):

Number of collisions per intersection
Intersection2015-20162016-2017% Change
Ferry Avenue and Highway 161911-42
Cowart Road & Vance Road at Highway 16187-61
Highway 16 and Highway 97151-93
Domano Boulevard & Tyner Boulevard at Highway 16135-62
Highway 97 & Central Street at 15th Avenue1210-17
15th Avenue and Ospika Boulevard91-89
20th Avenue and Victoria Street660
Konrath Road & Westgate Road at Highway 1663-50
20th Ave at 17th Ave & Carney Street at Massey Drive62-67
15th Avenue / Patricia Boulevard and Victoria Street550
Totals10951-53


We are really happy with these results, but we still have work to do says Sgt. Matt LaBelle, in charge of the Prince George RCMP’s Traffic Services Section. Ultimately, we want to eliminate all collisions and the harm that they cause.

For this fiscal year, the Prince George RCMP will be focusing their enforcement and education efforts within the corridors leading up to and at the following intersections (based on ICBC’s 2015 data):

Although the enforcement focus will be on these locations it will not be limited to these locations. The Prince George RCMP recognize that traffic safety is important in all areas that we police, areas that include other parts of Prince George and rural communities outside of the City.

The RCMP cannot be everywhere at once, so we rely on the public to help increase traffic safety. If you see a dangerous or impaired driver, pull over and call 9-1-1.

The safety of the public is greatly enhanced when we receive information from the public says Sgt. LaBelle. Providing information about drivers that are putting other road users at risk is vital to road safety.

If you see a traffic violation and want to make a report, please call our non-emergency line at 250-561-3300. In order to issue a violation ticket under BC’s Motor Vehicle Act, police require a formal statement and your willingness to attend court. Make note of the time, date & location of the offence, the license plate of the offending vehicle, direction of travel and a general description of the incident. If police are provided with a statement and your willingness to attend court, investigators can follow-up with the registered owner of the vehicle and issue them a violation ticket. We cannot do this without your witness account.

The Traffic Services Section is committed to increasing road-user safety, while decreasing the number of collisions at high-frequency locations within the City of Prince George.
 

Released by

Cpl. Craig Douglass

Communications NCO / Media Liaison Officer
Prince George RCMP
princegeorge.rcmp.ca
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
Office: 250-561-3321
Cell: 250-640-1758

Email: pg_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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