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Traffic Crash Analysis Quarterly Report

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TRAFFIC CRASH ANALYSIS

TRAFFIC CRASH ANALYSIS

FOURTH QUARTER 2019

In order to be pro-active with reducing the number of crashes that occur yearly, the Punta Gorda Police Department conducts a quarterly crash analysis.  Therefore, the Accident Report by Intersection report, Accident Report by Zone report, Injury and Property Damage Analysis report, Accident Report by Parking Lot report and the Accident Report by Non-Intersection report generated in the OSSI accident module along with Monthly Activity Reports, CAD Directed Patrol Traffic Report and CAD Traffic Stop Report are utilized as resources for data presentation in the identification of problem areas (if any), and recommendations toward public education and/or enforcement action(s).

The data for the fourth quarter of 2019 (October 1st through December 31st) was reviewed and analyzed and indicated there were 199 total crashes within the City, with 88 occurring at intersections and another 111 occurring upon a roadway other than at an intersection.  Parking lot crashes (66) are included in the total crash number, however, are not broken down by location, due to these crashes being attributed to design issues related to the parking lots themselves. 

Of the 199 total crashes that occurred within the fourth quarter of 2019, 4 crashes involved bicyclists with one bicyclist being at fault, 3 crashes involved pedestrians with two of them occurring in parking lots and 5 crashes involved motorcyclists with two of them occurring in a parking lots (one of which the operator fell off a stationary motorcycle).   

There was an increase of 54 total crashes in the fourth quarter of 2019 from the fourth quarter of 2018 (this includes an increase of 30 parking lot crash).


Data Presentation

Top Intersections

 

Rank                                        Location                                                          No. of Crashes

1                                Tamiami Trail at East Marion                                                   8
2                                Cross Street at West Marion Avenue                                    5
3                                Tamiami Trail at West Retta Esplanade                                4
T-4                            Cooper Street at Airport Road                                                3
                                  East Virginia Avenue at Mary Street

  • It shall be noted that there were a total of 12 intersections in which 2 crashes occurred at and 41 intersections in which 1 crash occurred at.
  • Of the 8 crashes that occurred at the intersection of Tamiami Trail and East Marion Avenue, 1 was a T-Bone collision, 2 were rear-end collisions that occurred on East Marion Avenue and 5 were side-swipe collisions (four of which occurred on East Marion Avenue while turning onto Tamiami Trail or changing lanes).  It shall be noted that 7 of the 8 crashes were minor and that there was only 1 non-incapacitating injury reported for all 8 crashes. 

 

Injuries                                                                  Zone/Amount

Injuries Related to Roadway Crashes              Zone 1 - 26                                                                                                                                 Zone 3 - 3  
                                                                                Zone 5 - 4
                                                                                Total - 33

  • It shall be noted that of the 33 total injuries, 2 injuries were incapacitating, 30 injuries were non-incapacitating injuries and 1 non-traffic fatality which was due to a medical episode.  There was an increase of 15 injuries in the fourth quarter of 2019 from the fourth quarter of 2018.

Identification of Problem Areas

                    Zone Breakdown (Including Parking Lots)                              Number

Zone 1                                                                 146                                              Zone 3                                                                  28                                               Zone 5                                                                  25                                               Total Crashes                                                       199

Zone 1 represents 73.36 percent of the 199 city-wide crashes which is a decrease of 1.74% from the fourth quarter of 2018.

 

Response to 2019 Third Quarter Analysis

Lieutenant Christopher Salsman and Bravo Squad were tasked with assessing and addressing the information contained within the third quarter of 2019 Traffic Crash Analysis report.  During the fourth quarter of 2019, Patrol focused enforcement on Tamiami Trail (northbound and southbound) primarily in the downtown Punta Gorda area of East Marion Avenue.  This enforcement extended to the intersections of Tamiami Trail at Carmalita Street, East McKenzie Street and Aqui Esta Drive along with the intersection of Carmalita Street and Cooper Street.  During the 4th quarter of 2019, Patrol conducted the following enforcement: 

  • A total of 355 Directed Traffic Patrols where conducted, 64 of which were within the identified problematic area.
  • A total of 1,345 traffic stops were initiated, 41 of which were within the identified problematic area.
  • A total of 75 Uniformed Traffic Citations and 1265 Written Warnings were issued during the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • The radar trailer was deployed at numerous locations throughout the city limits.
  • A “Dummy” car was deployed at problematic intersections when available.
  • The message board was also utilized throughout the city limits to assist with traffic complaints received during the fourth quarter of 2019 and special events with expected high traffic volume (i.e. Historic District Halloween Event). 
  • Participated in the 2019 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign during the fourth quarter of 2019.  A total of 42 hours of DUI Enforcement was conducted and 10 DUI arrests made.

It shall be noted that during the fourth quarter of 2019, 73.36 percent of the crashes occurred in zone 1.  During the fourth quarter of 2019, 74.2 percent of all written warnings and citations were issued in zone 1.   

This information was documented in a memorandum composed by Lieutenant Christopher Salsman, which was filed in the source file. 

Recommendations toward Public Education and/or Enforcement Action(s)

The information contained within the memorandum is meant to be used as a tool, not only for enforcement related activity but for educational purposes as well.  As it is the objective to gain voluntary compliance of Florida State Statutes from the motoring public, members of the agency have a number of resources at their disposal to help the agency meet the aforementioned goal.  Included in the resources available to members of the agency are: the uses of unmanned line vehicles, unmarked patrol units, the speed radar trailer, the message board and directed traffic patrols.

The information contained within this analysis identifies that there was an increase in the number of crashes within the City (a total increase of 77 crashes) since the third quarter of 2019.  Part of the increase in the number of crashes is due to the seasonal residents returning to the city for the winter months and an increase number of special events occurring within the city limits.  During the fourth quarter of 2018 there was a total of 145 crashes, which is 54 less than the fourth quarter of 2019.  

In response to this analysis, supervisors are requested and encouraged to continue their diligent traffic enforcement related activities.  Lieutenant Shane Chodakowsky and Charlie Squad will lead up the response to this quarter’s analysis and the subsequent completion of the SCARS report.   

Please use this data for the appropriate education and enforcement by you and your squads as you target the areas mentioned above.  Feel free to use the full resources of the department.  Remember, the objective is for enforcement action taken to correlate with a reduction of overall crashes for the next quarter and at the above listed locations.     

Finally, the raw data reports used for this analysis can be viewed via the ‘P’ drive under Operations/Uniform Patrol Section/Traffic/Traffic Analysis Report/2019/4th Quarter.  

 

Resources:

Injury and Property Damage Analysis Report

Accident Report by Intersection Report

Accident Report by Zone Report

Accident Report by Parking Lot Report

Accident Report by Non-Intersection Report

Monthly Activity Reports

 

THIRD QUARTER 2019

In order to be pro-active with reducing the number of crashes that occur yearly, the Punta Gorda Police Department conducts a quarterly crash analysis.  Therefore, the Accident Report by Intersection report, Accident Report by Zone report, Injury and Property Damage Analysis report, Accident Report by Parking Lot report and the Accident Report by Non-Intersection report generated in the OSSI accident module along with Monthly Activity Reports, CAD Directed Patrol Traffic Report and CAD Traffic Stop Report are utilized as resources for data presentation in the identification of problem areas (if any), and recommendations toward public education and/or enforcement action(s).

The data for the third quarter of 2019 (July 1st through September 30th) was reviewed and analyzed and indicated there were 122 total crashes within the City, with 50 occurring at intersections and another 81 occurring upon a roadway other than at an intersection.  Parking lot crashes (41) are included in the total crash number, however, are not broken down by location, due to these crashes being attributed to design issues related to the parking lots themselves. 

Of the 122 total crashes that occurred within the third quarter of 2019, 1 crash involved a bicyclist which occurred in the parking lot of Charlotte High School located at 1250 Cooper Street.  It shall be noted that there were no crashes involving a pedestrian or a motorcycle during the third quarter of 2019.

There was an increase of 5 total crashes in the third quarter of 2019 from the third quarter of 2018 (this includes a decrease of 5 parking lot crash).

Data Presentation

Top Intersections

Rank                                        Location                                                          No. of Crashes

1                                   East Marion at Tamiami Trail                                                 5
2                                  Tamiami Trail at E. McKenzie Street                                     3
T-3                              Carmalita Street at Cooper Street                                         2
                                    Tamiami Trail at Aqui Esta Drive
                                    Tamiami Trail at Carmalita Street

  • It shall be noted that there were a total of 36 intersections in which 1 crash occurred. 

 Injuries Related to Roadway Crashes                                      Zone/Amount

                        Zone 1 - 10

                                                                                     Zone 3 - 0

                                                                                     Zone 5 - 1

                                                                                     Total - 11

  • It shall be noted that all 11 injuries were non-incapacitating injuries.  The total number of injuries is the same in the third quarter of 2019 as it was in the third quarter of 2018.

Identification of Problem Areas

                    Zone Breakdown (Including Parking Lots)                              Number

                                      Zone 1                                                                     93

                                                Zone 3                                                                     15

                                                Zone 5                                                                     14

                                                Total Crashes                                                          122

Zone 1 represents 76.23 percent of the 122 city-wide crashes which is a decrease of 0.67% from the third quarter of 2018.

 

Response to 2019 Second Quarter Analysis

Lieutenant David Lipker and Echo Squad were tasked with assessing and addressing the information contained within the second quarter of 2019 Traffic Crash Analysis report.  Tamiami Trail (northbound and southbound) primarily near the downtown Punta Gorda area but also near Carmalita Street, Aqui Esta Drive, along with West Marion Avenue at Maud Street. 

During the 3rd quarter of 2019, Patrol conducted the following enforcement:

  • A total of 440 Directed Traffic Patrols where conducted, 77 of which were within the identified problematic area.
  • A total of 1,523 traffic stops were initiated, 46 of which were within the identified problematic area.
  • A total of 164 Uniformed Traffic Citations and 1262 Written Warnings were issued during the third quarter of 2019.
  • The radar trailer was deployed at numerous locations throughout the city limits.
  • A “Dummy” car was deployed at problematic intersections. Although due to a lack of spare vehicles and two bank robberies, the vehicles were deployed less than in years past.
  • The message board (when available) was also utilized throughout the city limits to assist with traffic complaints received and special events that occurred during the third quarter of 2019 .  It should be noted that the radar portion of this equipment is non-functional.
  • Participated in the 2019 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” National Enforcement Mobilization during the third quarter of 2019.  A total of 25 hours of DUI Enforcement was conducted during this mobilization.

It shall be noted that during the second quarter of 2019, 73.29 percent of the crashes occurred in zone 1.  During the third quarter of 2019, 71.9 percent of all written warnings and citations were issued in zone 1.   

This information was documented in a memorandum composed by Lieutenant David Lipker, which was filed in the source file.

Recommendations toward Public Education and/or Enforcement Action(s)

The information contained within the memorandum is meant to be used as a tool, not only for enforcement related activity but for educational purposes as well.  As it is the objective to gain voluntary compliance of Florida State Statutes from the motoring public, members of the agency have a number of resources at their disposal to help the agency meet the aforementioned goal.  Included in the resources available to members of the agency are: the uses of unmanned line vehicles, unmarked patrol units, the speed radar trailer, the message board and directed traffic patrols.

The information contained within this analysis identifies that there was a decrease in the number of crashes within the City (a total decrease of 39 crashes) since the second quarter of 2019.  Part of the decrease in the number of crashes is due to the seasonal residents returning home for the summer and a decreased number of special events occurring within the city limits.  During the third quarter of 2018 there was a total of 117 crashes, which is 5 less than the third quarter of 2019. 

In response to this analysis, supervisors are requested and encouraged to continue their diligent traffic enforcement related activities.  Lieutenant Chris Salsman and Bravo Squad will lead up the response to this quarter’s analysis and the subsequent completion of the SCARS report.  

Please use this data for the appropriate education and enforcement by you and your squads as you target the areas mentioned above.  Feel free to use the full resources of the department.  Remember, the objective is for enforcement action taken to correlate with a reduction of overall crashes for the next quarter and at the above listed locations.     
 

Resources:

Injury and Property Damage Analysis Report

Accident Report by Intersection Report

Accident Report by Zone Report

Accident Report by Parking Lot Report

Accident Report by Non-Intersection Report

Monthly Activity Reports

 

Second Quarter 2019

In order to be pro-active with reducing the number of crashes that occur yearly, the Punta Gorda Police Department conducts a quarterly crash analysis.  Therefore, the Accident Report by Intersection report, Accident Report by Zone report, Injury and Property Damage Analysis report, Accident Report by Parking Lot report and the Accident Report by Non-Intersection report generated in the OSSI accident module along with Monthly Activity Reports, CAD Directed Patrol Traffic Report and CAD Traffic Stop Report are utilized as resources for data presentation in the identification of problem areas (if any), and recommendations toward public education and/or enforcement action(s).

The data for the second quarter of 2019 (April 1st through June 30th) was reviewed and analyzed and indicated there were 161 total crashes within the City, with 74 occurring at intersections and another 46 occurring upon a roadway other than at an intersection.  Parking lot crashes (41) are included in the total crash number, however, are not broken down by location, due to these crashes being attributed to design issues related to the parking lots themselves. 

Of the 161 total crashes that occurred within the second quarter of 2019, 1 crash involved a motorcyclist which occurred in the parking lot of 502 King Street and 1 crash involved a bicyclist which occurred at East Olympia Avenue and Cooper Street.  It shall be noted that there were no crashes involving a pedestrian during the second quarter of 2019.

There was a decrease of 5 total crashes in the second quarter of 2019 from the second quarter of 2018 (this includes a decrease of 12 parking lot crash).

 

Top Intersections

1.  Tamiami Trail at Aqui Esta                                                                       7 Crashes
2.  Carmalita Street-Cross Street at Tamiami Trail                                   5 Crashes
3.  Cross Street at West Retta Esplanade                                                  4 Crashes
4.  East Marion Avenue at Tamiami Trail tied with
     Maud Street at West Marion Avenue                                                    3 Crashes

  •  It shall be noted that there were a total of 10 intersections in which 2 crashes occurred and a total of 32 intersections in which 1 crash occurred. 

 

Injuries

There was a total of 12 injuries related to roadway crashes

 

Zone/Amount

Zone 1 = 9 injury related crashes
Zone 3 = 3 injury related crashes
Zone 5 = 0 injury related crashes

  •  It shall be noted that there were 2 incapacitating injuries and 10 non-incapacitating injuries. There was also a decrease of 6 injuries in the second quarter of 2019 from the second quarter of 2018.

 

Identification of Problem Areas

Zone Breakdown (Including Parking Lots                                               Number of Crashes

Zone 1                                                                                                                  118
Zone 3                                                                                                                  23
Zone 5                                                                                                                  20
Total Crashes                                                                                                     161

Response to 2019 First Quarter Analysis

Lieutenant Kelvin Jimenez was tasked with assessing and addressing the information contained within the first quarter of 2019 Traffic Crash Analysis report.  Tamiami Trail (northbound and southbound) primarily near the downtown Punta Gorda area but also near Carmalita Street, Aqui Esta Drive, along with West Marion Avenue at Maud Street.  During the 2nd quarter of 2019, Patrol conducted the following enforcement:

  • A total of 511 Directed Traffic Patrols where conducted, 120 of which were within the identified problematic area.
  • A total of 1,461 traffic stops were initiated, 259 of which were within the identified problematic area.
  • A total of 201 Uniformed Traffic Citations and 1396 Written Warnings were issued during the second quarter of 2019.
  • The radar trailer was deployed at numerous locations throughout the city limits.
  • A “Dummy” car was deployed at problematic intersections. Although due to a lack of spare vehicles this vehicle was deployed less than in years past.
  • The message board (when available) was also utilized throughout the city limits to assist with traffic complaints received and special events that occurred during the second quarter of 2019 .  It should be noted that the radar portion of this equipment is non-functional.
  • Participated in the border to border and click it or ticket programs during the second quarter of 2019.
  • It shall be noted that during the first quarter of 2019, 74.5 percent of the crashes occurred in zone 1.  During the second quarter of 2019, 67.8 percent of all written warnings and citations were issued in zone 1

This information was documented in a memorandum composed by Lieutenant Kelvin Jimenez, which was filed in the source file.

Recommendations toward Public Education and/or Enforcement Action(s)

The information contained within the memorandum is meant to be used as a tool, not only for enforcement related activity but for educational purposes as well.  As it is the objective to gain voluntary compliance of Florida State Statutes from the motoring public, members of the agency have a number of resources at their disposal to help the agency meet the aforementioned goal.  Included in the resources available to members of the agency are: the uses of unmanned line vehicles, unmarked patrol units, the speed radar trailer, the message board and directed traffic patrols.

The information contained within this analysis identifies that there was a decrease in the number of crashes within the City (a total decrease of 63 crashes) since the first quarter of 2019.  Part of the decrease in the number of crashes is due to seasonal residents returning home for the summer and a decreased number of special events occurring within the city limits.  During the second quarter of 2018 there was a total of 166 crashes, which is 5 more than the second quarter of 2019. 

In response to this analysis, supervisors are requested and encouraged to continue their diligent traffic enforcement related activities.  Lieutenant David Lipker and Echo Squad will lead up the response to this quarter’s analysis and the subsequent completion of the SCARS report.  

Please use this data for the appropriate education and enforcement by you and your squads as you target the areas mentioned above.  Feel free to use the full resources of the department.  Remember, the objective is for enforcement action taken to correlate with a reduction of overall crashes for the next quarter and at the above listed locations.    

Resources:

Injury and Property Damage Analysis Report

Accident Report by Intersection Report

Accident Report by Zone Report

Accident Report by Parking Lot Report

Accident Report by Non-Intersection Report

Monthly Activity Reports

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