Stats Show Ahwatukee Intersection Crash Rates Rising

Stats Show Ahwatukee Intersection Crash Rates RisingWhile car crashes in the Phoenix area declined from 2009 to 2010, similar accidents in Ahwatukee witnessed a 22 percent jump in the same period, with preliminary data gathered for 2011 showing the same trend, The Arizona Republic reports.

In Phoenix, there were 22,713 crashes on or near intersections in 2009, falling to 21,963 crashes the following year, according to statistics from the Phoenix Street Transportation Department. However, in Ahwatukee, there were 346 accidents near intersections in 2009, growing to 422 wrecks in 2010.

The data, organized by the Republic, showed crash rates of accidents that occurred within 150 feet of an intersection, which accounted for about 75 percent of all accidents across the city in 2009 and 2010. In both years, the intersection of 48th Street and Chandler Boulevard was found to be the most dangerous intersection in Ahwatukee, with 18 car accidents in 2009 and 22 in 2010.

The intersection of 48th Street and Ray Road was also found to be highly dangerous, with 22 crashes in 2010, compared to 12 in 2009.

In Phoenix, the downward trend of overall crash rates at intersections cannot be credited to any specific measures the city is taking, according to Phoenix traffic engineer Kerry Wilcoxon, who stated the decline in the economy most likely triggered the better figures.

“I wish it was something we’re doing directly,” Wilcoxon said. “It’s been nice not having as many injuries or deaths in the city.” He added that fewer people are out on the roads in a down economy.

“You have fewer people that work, you have fewer people going out shopping, you have fewer deliveries,” he said. “You have a lot less activity on the roads.”

Across Arizona, there were 106,177 reported accidents in 2010, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.