Patch Question: Why Are Auto Accidents Up in Long Beach?

The 2011 data shows the numbers increased from the previous year.

A week after Patch posed the question “Will More Stop Signs Mean Fewer Accidents?", in which data was provided on the number of auto-related accidents in Long Beach from 2007 to 2010, the City of Long Beach released the police department’s accident data analysis for 2011.

The data reveals that there were 983 accidents in 2011, an increase of 22 accidents from the previous year. This, after more than 100 stop signs were installed citywide between November 2010 and early 2011. The most recorded accidents were in 2007, at 1,000, and the fewest were 958 in 2008.

The 2011 analysis also shows that Long Beach Boulevad and East Park Avenue continues to top the list of intersections with the highest rate of accidents, with 84. Listed second, with 28 accidents, is Long Beach Boulevard and East Pine Street, follow by Edwards Boulevard and Park Avenue and National Boulevard and West Park Avenue, with 26 accidents listed for both intersections.

Overall, 21 accidents involved pedestrians or bicyclists, with five at East Park-Long Beach, followed by four at Magnolia Boulevard and West Park Avenue. There were no fatalities recorded last year. In 2010, 25 accidents involved pedestrians or bicyclists, and four fatalities.

Given the accident rate in the city remained relatively the same in 2011 compared with previous years, what impact, if any, do you think the increased number of stop signs had on traffic in Long Beach in 2011? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Thomas T January 22, 2012 at 03:39 PM
See - I had no idea, Eddie, but that makes sense. Stop signs are more logical as a safety device than speed control. Anyone with any thoughts on targeted enforcement? I'm not a big fan of giving Johnny Law carte blanche, but it is the job of the police to act as both a punishment and a deterrrent when people are violating laws that protect us. Judge: "Excuse me, miss? Why is this ticket... orange? Defendant: "Oym saw-RAY, yah Honah. Oy was so upset about it that I sweated off my spray tan!"
Candygram for Mongo January 22, 2012 at 04:27 PM
"Oy". Hmmm.
Thomas T January 22, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Yeah, loike, Oy always go ta Angel Tips ta get moy nails done. Do ya like 'em? Then there's moy hoy-lights. Oy get them done at Joseph Christafah.
Lloyd January 23, 2012 at 04:58 AM
How about synchronizing the traffic lights? Especially on Park and Broadway. Could save on gas and eliminate the need for my gal to speed down Long Beach Blvd to make the light at E Broadway. I cringe and close my eyes. She claims everyone does that. Ive been guilty of speeding through the yellow lights on E Park to try beat them before the next one turns red. Sychronized lighrs would be a good safety precaution. Anybody else want to 'fess up for some bad driving habits?
Richard Boodman January 23, 2012 at 05:50 AM
@ Bill Bennett and Eddie A traffic study was done by VHB Engineering of Hauppauge in 2010. The P.E.'s who did the work are Thomas A. Mazzola, former Director Of Traffic safety in Huntington and Harold T Lutz, formerly with Public Works and Traffic and Transportation in Nassau county. They recommended the addition of the over 100 stop signs that were added. In 2006, at the Good and Welfare session of the City Council, the traffic officer told us that after installing additional stop signs at a few locations in Long Beach and monitoring the results after six months, there was an almost 50% reduction in traffic accidents at those locations without any police presence or education and he was recommending that additional stop signs be put in place. Unfortunately, that didn't happen at that time and a man was killed on the corner of Olive and Monroe. The addition of ALL WAY stop signs have helped. Ask anyone who lives on Olive Street or Walnut Street and the boulevards adjacent to them. It's a good beginning. With aggressive enforcement and the synchronizing of the traffic lights, the accident numbers will fall.


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