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Traffic Talk: Traffic volume increases chances of accidents

Don Gammill: Just about any intersection is one crash away from being a candidate for the list of most dangerous intersections.
by Don Gammill Published: July 21, 2014
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A reader once suggested printing colored dots on maps, local or state, where the worst intersections are so drivers could avoid them. He was referring to heavy traffic, most likely to be an accident scene, worst designed and several other key points.

I’m not sure you could read a map colored so distinctly. Just about any intersection is one crash away from being a candidate for that list. Some areas already have warning signs on the approach. Speed, people or animals present, and many other factors are noted.

Even then, some drivers just don’t seem to get the message.

We have a big traffic circulation problem on Lincoln (Boulevard) at NE 42. It’s been bad but has been made worse now that the Oklahoma Health Authority has opened. People do not know how to drive where there is a split-median road. People position their cars in the opposite way and block traffic and it’s very dangerous — especially between 4 and 6 p.m. Attached is a diagram (http://forms.newsok.com/photo_upload/photodir/April24-Jun-2014163610.docx) showing the intersection and how people should be turning. I am trying to distribute (the diagram) to the main companies in the area, but it’s a problem that I’ve seen across the city and one that I see near-accidents happen all time. ...I bet there are statistics that show a high rate of accidents when people block the traffic.

— April

In areas with such a high volume of traffic, you’re likely to see just about anything, April. I forwarded your comments in a request to city officials for any information they could provide on this. Here is the response from Shannon Cox with the Oklahoma City Public Works office:

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by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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