WARNER ROBINS — The Russell Parkway and Moody Road intersection ranked No. 1 for most collisions in 2009, the same spot it held in 2008, according to a Warner Robins police traffic study released Tuesday.
Following too closely remained the top contributing factor behind most collisions, while failure to yield dropped as a key contributing factor among the five most collision-prone intersections. Three fatal accidents were recorded in 2009, down three from 2008. Also, the ratio of serious and fatal crashes was less than 1 percent of the total collisions in 2009.
The annual traffic study is used in part by police to pinpoint education and enforcement actions, Warner Robins police Capt. Todd Edwards said.
“We’re not just putting out daily fires,” Edwards said. “We’re looking forward across the board.”
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For example, failure to yield was once tied with following too closely as the chief factor behind collisions at major intersections, Edwards said. As a result, police conducted specialized enforcement action at those intersections, and for the first time in several years failure to yield dropped as a key contributor for collisions at major intersections.
The reason the Russell Parkway and Moody Road intersection remained the most collision-prone location is the intersection serves as the chief north-to-south connector for that part of town, as well as the east-to-west link between Robins Air Force Base and Interstate 75, Edwards said. The study showed 28 collisions at the intersection in 2009.
The other top collision prone intersections for 2009 are:
— Watson Boulevard and Carl Vinson Parkway, 27 collisions
— Watson Boulevard and Collins Avenue, 25 collisions
— Watson Boulevard and Corder Road, 23 collisions
— Watson Boulevard and North Houston Road, 22 collisions.
Watson Boulevard and Russell Parkway are the main east-to-west corridors in Warner Robins.
Following too closely was also blamed for the highest number of collisions in 2008. Edwards said drivers should follow the two-second rule in distance from the vehicle ahead, which means when the vehicle in front passes a fixed point — a sign or mailbox, for example — at least two seconds should pass before your vehicle passes the same point.
Drivers also should eliminate distractions while driving. Edwards identified texting and talking on cell phones and being among the chief problems.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.