New study to prevent traffic accidents in MD

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A new studio of Montgomery County, Maryland is taking a proactive approach to stopping road accidents and fatalities.

The final report of predictive security analysis analyzed past crashes and fatalities in the county to help identify specific highway segments and intersections that may be prone to high-risk crashes in the future.

The report, created by Montgomery Planning, is part of the goal Montgomery County Vision Zero eliminate deaths and serious injuries from traffic accidents by 2030.

Similar Vision Zero initiatives are taking place in counties across the nation.

Between 2015 and 2019, there were more than 59,000 transit accidents in Montgomery County, resulting in more than 1,200 serious injuries and nearly 150 deaths.

The researchers were able to estimate the number of crashes on each highway and intersection, leading to a map of the top 200 areas likely to have specific crash types.

Some of the key accident types that took place between 2015 and 2019 include:

  • Pedestrian crashes after dark at intersections: 496
  • Pedestrian accidents on road segments with vehicles traveling in a straight line: 418
  • Bicycle crashes at intersections: 456
  • Left-turn crashes at intersections: 4,647
  • Motor vehicle straight line/angle crashes at intersections: 6,680
  • Single-vehicle crashes along highway segments: 3,989

The report says that while much of Montgomery County’s crash risk exists on suburban boulevards (such as Georgia Avenue or Middlebrook Road), urban centers and urban centers continue to have the highest average crash risk.

The county planning board received the new study, and the data is expected to help prioritize where and how to invest in safety improvements throughout Montgomery.

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