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Pasadena Police Unveil Top Collision Hotspots in Recent Report

Published on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 | 5:49 am

The Pasadena Police Department’s Traffic Section has pinpointed three intersections in Pasadena that are most susceptible to vehicle collisions, based on statistical data for October 2023. 

As part of their monthly Community briefing report, the Pasadena Police Department said based on collision reports, the most critical intersections, which are most frequently the scenes of vehicular incidents are:

  • Orange Grove Blvd. and El Molino Avenue, 
  • Lake Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, and 
  • Pasadena Avenue and State Street

During the last six months covered in the report, six collisions were reported at Orange Grove Blvd. and El Molino Avenue, five at Lake Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, and five at Pasadena Avenue and State Street. 

Along with these statistics, the Police Department said there are three top primary crash factors contributing to these collisions: unsafe speed ranked the most at 19.3%, followed by improper turning at 18.4%, and traffic signals and signs/automobile right-of-way/DUI at 12.2%. 

The Pasadena Police Department said they’ve made serious efforts at addressing these high-risk intersections and has deployed additional officers periodically to ensure heightened vigilance and minimize collision occurrences. The department is also making it a priority to enhance services at these intersections as well as across the city

According to research by the Federal Highway Administration on intersection safety and design, more than 50 percent of the combined total of fatal and injury crashes in the United States occur at or near intersections. 

The agency has published an intersection design tool that reminds planners to think of the welfare of pedestrians and bicyclists explicitly, and of motorists as well, in order to design intersections that can facilitate safe, accessible, convenient, and comfortable walking and bicycling, and at the same time prevent vehicle collisions. 

The department said it’s important for vehicle operators to practice driving habits first and foremost. 

“We remind everyone to slow down, stay off their phone, minimize distractions, and obey all traffic laws and signage to lessen the possibility of being involved in a collision,” the Police Department said in the report.

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