MPD Increases Patrol At Dangerous Intersections 10/22/13
October 22, 2013
Midland - Dangerous intersections have the Midland Police Department on high patrol. The Midland third quarter crash report is in, and shows that driver behavior is playing a major part in the high number of wrecks.
At many of these intersections, dozens of cars would be backed up, sometimes so much that they would overflow onto the interstate. “Its when all the workers come at five, it’s a big line, like almost touching the intersection, it’s really crazy,” said on Midland resident.
The crash report names three contributing factors, all-dealing with driver behavior. “Everything starts getting backed up, people are on their cell phones and are distracted in some way and they end up rear-ending the person in front of them,” said MPD Lieutenant Ray Leible.
Topping the list is, drivers driving too closely to other cars. Followed by drivers not paying attention and failing to control speed. “If we can just get people to slow down and take the extra time and be more patient, that is the goal,” said Leible.
The five intersections with the highest number of crashes are as follows:
-Midkiff Drive and Interstate 20
-Rankin Highway and Interstate 20
-Andrews Highway and Loop 250
-Midland Drive and Loop 250
-Midkiff Drive and Loop 250
“If you have to travel these routes, maybe you can find an alternative route so you don’t get frustrated and in a hurry,” said Leible.
MPD officers have been already increased patrol in these areas and have written more tickets than normal.
“We have assigned personnel that will be in these areas from seven to nine in the morning, and from four to seven in the evening. We are getting more specific, and we’re trying to use our technology,” said Leible.