Two alcohol-related incidents in the past week demonstrate what a new national study found about wrong-way crashes.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
- Art Aisner
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Two incidents on Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham during the past week are local examples of what a new national study concluded about wrong-way crashes. On average, 360 people die each year in wrong-way collisions, researchers with the National Transportation Safety Board found. And the majority of those crashes, nearly 60 percent, involve alcohol. The study analyzed data from more than 1,500 crashes between 2004 and 2009. In 59 percent of the accidents, wrong-way drivers had blood alcohol levels more than twice the legal limit, researchers said. In another 10 percent of the crashes, drivers had alcohol levels between .08 and .14. The limit in most instances is .08. Officials with the Bloomfield Hills Department of …
According to a report from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, East Maple Road at Coolidge was the most dangerous intersection in Birmingham between 2007-11.
Driving can be dangerous, including in Birmingham. According to recently-released date from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), the number of accidents has increased slightly in Birmingham since 2007 and the majority of them occur at 10 high-accidents intersections around town. Analyzing data from 2007-11, SEMCOG statistics show there were 766 total crashes within Birmingham city limits in 2011, up from 700 in 2010 and 652 in 2009. The good news? The majority of those crashes — 83.8 percent between 2007-11 —involved only property damage. Only 0.1 percent were fatal and 0.8 percent involved an incapacitating injury. What did those crashes involve? According to SEMCOG, the greatest majority of crashes from 2007-11 …