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Police Dept. to Use New Software Program to Identify High-Collision Intersections

The software will reportedly help police track intersections in which collisions happen frequently and for similar reasons.

The City of Redwood City announced Thursday it has been awarded a $28,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a Traffic Collision Database and Mapping System software package.

The police department said Thursday, the software will be used to "more effectively and efficiently pinpoint and analyze high-collision locations throughout the City, and provide more usable information to help reduce the frequency and severity of traffic collisions."

City spokesperson Malcolm Smith said Thursday, the system will provide the City's transportation engineers and department managers with more timely and accurate data upon which to base engineering, enforcement, and other traffic-related safety decisions.

"The grant will fund a fully automated, geographic information system (GIS)-based traffic collision and analysis system, and includes the purchase and installation of the software, labor to incorporate collision and street data, and training of traffic engineering personnel in the use of the system," Smith explained.

"This software will replace the City's existing system of hand-logging each collision, and will convert the manual collision map to an interactive mapping solution, automate the production of collision history diagrams, generate periodic or specific reports, and allow staff to search collision records by location, primary collision factor, involved vehicle or party types, time of day, or other factors," he continued.

"Using this system, staff will be able to query and map information from the database to easily identify high-frequency locations and collision patterns, so that those areas can be further studied and appropriate action taken."

 

Where are the City's most dangerous intersections?

Earlier this year in March, RedwoodCity-Woodside Patch posed the question to our readers, "Where are Redwood City's most dangerous intersections?" 

Readers discussed various intersections throughout the city in the comments, and also helped add points to an interactive map.

Some intersections frequently mentioned were Jefferson Avenue and El Camino Real; Woodside Road at Bay Road, Broadway, and Middlefield Road; Brewster Avenue near Sequoia High School, and more.

Many residents have also been discussing the intersection of Alameda de las Pulgas and Jefferson Avenue, where, just two weeks ago, a 14-year-old Woodside High School student was killed in a collision with a truck while riding her bike to school.

 

PATCH WANTS TO KNOW - What do you think of this new software the Police Department is getting to help identify dangerous intersections? What do you think of the intersections Patch reader named as the most dangerous in the city back in March of this year? Are there others you think should be on the list?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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COH December 14, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Um. All they need to do is look at their OWN accident reports! OR - read the comments in the earlier article. I hope they do remember what reading is. Why have people stopped using their brains? You don't need software to figure it out - THEY have the statistics at hand! Just look at your own accident logs and ticket locations. I need a job - give me the data and I'll extrapolate the information! I still have to ask - WHY does the intersection at Dumbarton/ElCamino/Oakwood STILL have signs that say it is "photo enforced"? FIVE years and counting - NO CAMERAS! Everyone who lives in the area knows it - and the rate of red-light runners on El Camino is astounding. The accidents are at least two a month. The city could solve all its budget woes on that intersection alone in red light fines!
COH December 14, 2012 at 07:28 PM
OH - and another thing - they need to light the crosswalks on Woodside Road between Middlefield and the Safeway. They are totally damgerous. Especially the weird one near the mini-mall where the Subway & El Grullense are, and Chuck's Donuts across the street. (mmm donutssss) It is NOT at a standard, normal intersection of two roads, and it is VERY dark.
COH December 14, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Annnd another thing - can anyone tell me why those super-bright headlights are legal??? As far as I know, the rule is still on the book that says you can't turn your brights on within five hundred feet of another vehicle (in back of, or approaching)? And YET, I am regularly literally blinded by those super-bright blue-colored lights every night I drive - either right in my eyes, or in my rearview or side mirrors! They are dangerous and should be outlawed. Someone get on that. ASAP.
mpcyclist December 15, 2012 at 06:34 PM
You have obviously not read the article carefully. It's primarily for department managers. You haven't been keeping up with Dilbert, have you? Besides, someone still has to do the data entry and apparently all the software does is to initiate a canned query to a database that retrieves accident statistics (kind of like an inventory database and reporting system) for a particular location/intersection and that links that location to Google Maps the same way that addresses on Yelp do now. Hardly any new technology there and hardly worth $28,000. Given the history of the city's (or county's) investments in computer technology and computer related systems, we're probably looking at another lost cause and a waste of $28,000 dollars here. It might do some good if the traffic engineers actually get to use it and apply the data in a meaningful way but then they would still have to get it past the managers. (Traffic engineers actually do a very good job if they are given the tools to do so. The problem is that the city/county has not seen fit to provide or give them access to such tools. Kind of like the "red light cameras" that you mentioned.) That also begs the question, how did they get the data on which to base design decisions in the past anyway? And, given that departments do such a lousy job of communicating with one another, would that account for the reason that we have so many poorly designed intersections in the first place? Go figure.

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