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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  • by Dawn Location: Dothan on Apr 29, 2007 at 08:26 PM
    Whatever happened to courteous driving? I have found that driving the circle everyday is very stressful due to the fact that many people are flat out rude. It seems that people actually do not care if they pull out in front of you, ride your rear, slam on brakes in front of you, or change lanes when there really isn't space to.There's just no respect on the road!!!
  • by jeff Location: headland on Apr 13, 2007 at 11:08 AM
    As a former police officer, I would strongly suggest that if Dothan would begin ticketing the at fault drivers, it would not only lower the accident rate. It would also put more Funds into the General Fund. This would cause most to realize the costs involved.
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