February 28, 2012
The Austin Police Department (APD) has been reducing the number of car accidents in the city by using a technique known as saturation patrols near the area’s most prominent accident locations. According to reports from KXAN News, the APD announced last week that car crashes in the city have declined by 11% in 2011.
A spokesman for the APD Highway Enforcement Command, Lt. Ely Reyes, said that focusing on certain dangerous locations across the city has reduced the overall number of citations written by officers as well. He estimates that APD officers wrote 50,000 fewer tickets in 2011 than they did in the previous year. The number of traffic citations also saw a considerable decrease over the year, dropping from 224,661 in 2010 to 165,757 in 2011.
Reyes concluded by saying, “Any time you have concentrated enforcement efforts, compliance always comes along with that.”
Officers will continue to patrol in “designated danger zones” such as Slaughter Lane near I-35, which saw 21 crashes in the past year, making it the most dangerous roadway in the city. The second most dangerous location in Austin according to number of accidents is the intersection of Congress Avenue and Cesar Chavez Boulevard with 20 crashes between 2010 and 2011.