Eleven hot spots for car crashes targeted by Lufkin P.D.

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) –   Eleven stretches of road can be called Lufkin's danger zones.

"We found that there'd been six fatalities - six deaths, 20 incapacitating injuries, some 169 non-incapacitating injuries," said Detective J.B. Smith, Lufkin P.D.'s Public Information Officer.

Nearly half of all car crashes in Lufkin, happened on the roads highlighted in red on the map. Now, these eleven hot spots are part of a police program called the Traffic Crash Reduction Initiative.

According to Smith the initiative, "Instructed the officers to concentrate their traffic enforcement on those areas."

According to L.P.D. these areas are: the 700 to 900 and 2300 to 3100 blocks of Atkinson Drive, the 1200 to 2400 blocks of East Denman Avenue, the 3000 to 4200 blocks of North Medford Drive, the 300 to 800 blocks of North Timberland Drive, the 1500 to 4200 blocks of South Chestnut Drive, the 1400 to 4300 blocks of South First Street, the 100 to 2100 blocks of South John Redditt Drive, the 2300 to 4600 blocks of South Medford Drive, the 100 to 1100 blocks of South Timberland Drive, and the 1800 to 2000 blocks of West Frank Avenue.

The most dangerous streets have little in common...  except two things: "Saw high volumes of traffic and a large number of accidents in that area," said Smith.

L.P.D. warned bad drivers that they're on the look-out.

"They'll be focusing mainly on offenses that cause conflicts between the different road users - disregard traffic control devices, speeding, failure to right away, and proper turns, failure to signal lane changes," said Smith.

They'll also be looking for expired registration and seat belt violations.

L.P.D. hopes police presence by itself will be a deterrent of bad driving.

"If all drivers follow the transportation code to the letter we just wouldn't have accidents on the road," said Smith.

The department will do a monthly comparison to measure the program's success.

"We will monitor the progress - if it's being effective we'll continue as per the program. If we see accidents have gone elsewhere we'll adjust as necessary," said Smith.

The real test, Smiths says, is safer roads and saving lives.

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