Increased Number of Traffic Accidents in Dothan

Police say the number of car accidents in the city is on the rise. Accidents have risen 10 percent over this time last year.

Thursday, a white Nissan heading west on Mance Newton Road, overturned and slid down an embankment

Luckily no one was injured, but Dothan officials say this is one of many accidents the city has seen lately.

Sgt. Tim Ward with Dothan Police said, “We're looking at a 10 percent increase. It stayed the same for a while, but it has risen 10 percent.”

Dothan Police attribute the increase to more traffic on Dothan’s major roads, 431, 231, 84 and Ross Clark Circle.

Officers are writing more accident reports on side streets like Denton, Honeysuckle, and Westgate as local drivers avoid the major highways.

Sgt. Ward says, “Drivers, [we] remind you to always wear your seatbelt, watch what's going on in front of you and never follow too closely. We have wrecks when people look away; then the people in front of them stop and they don't stop.”

Last year, there were 3800 wrecks on Dothan roadways; more than 4000 counting private property accidents.

That averages out to 11 car accidents a day last year in Dothan.

Officials are hoping Ross Clark Circle expansions will help.

“Highway Department plans for widening Ross Clark Circle and six laning the road, which would take out median crossovers,” Sgt. Ward says. “So drivers must plan where they turn.”

The expansion, plus drivers paying closer attention will keep accidents decrease as Dothan traffic continues to increase.

Officials say this time of year it's especially busy on Dothan roads as vacationers head to the coast.


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