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Dothan Crash Report Reveals Accident Factors


Dothan - Kim Richardson has lived in Dothan her whole life. She has a few complaints when it comes to the circle city's traffic.

“I’ve seen so many accidents with the cell phones. People just coming up and screeching to a stop right there. They don't have any courtesy on the roads anymore.”

That's why the Dothan Police Department is taking a hard look at accidents from last year.

By compiling the data, Lieutenant Todd David said they can be better stewards of tax payers’ dollars.

“We can get more bang for our buck if we can identify areas of Dothan that our habitually crash hot spots. We want to concentrate our enforcement efforts there and hopefully reduce our crashes,” said David.

Those hotspots center around Ross Clark Circle.

The top five crash areas are at the four main intersections of the bypass, and the intersection of West Main Street and Westgate Parkway.

There were 2,698 accidents in 2013. That's twelve less than in 2012.

Six of those accidents were fatal.

Of the nearly 2,700 accidents on Dothan roads, 46 percent were rear-end collisions.

David said common sense could easily reduce that number.

“If you will just take a few more minutes out of your schedule, stop for the lights that are changing to red as opposed to trying to beat it. Look twice. Look three times,” said David. “Something as simple as giving yourself a couple more seconds between the car in front of you can potentially avoid a collision.”

According to the report, the most wrecks happened between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Also, the weather conditions were clear for 64 percent of the accidents.


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