Story by Susan Hylton found in TulsaWorld.com
BIXBY – A 2010 traffic analysis not only pinpoints the 10 most dangerous intersections in Bixby, but also shows where enforcement is most needed and what improvements could be made to make streets safer.
Of the 299 collisions that occurred in Bixby in 2010, 110 of them occurred on one of these 10 intersections, the report prepared by the Bixby Police Department shows.
Eight of them, not surprisingly, are on Memorial Drive, which is also U.S. 64, Bixby’s main retail artery.
The intersection considered most dangerous is actually a three-way “T” intersection at 136th Street and Memorial Drive. The number of collisions here doubled in 2010 with 20 accidents. Two of those accidents resulted in injuries.
The only traffic control device there is a stop sign on 136th Street. The intersection lacks a stop light and turning lanes.
Accidents most often occur when southbound drivers attempt to make a left turn onto 136th Street and are struck from behind. The speed limit is 45 mph, but traffic is often moving faster, according to the report.
Bixby Councilman Steve Todoroff said they should have enough evidence now to warrant a traffic light there.
Police Chief Ike Shirley said police have seen some changes in traffic patterns since they started the analysis in 2007.
“We still have quite a few accidents on Memorial, but now we’re seeing them at 151st and Harvard and 111th and Mingo Road. The traffic is changing directions in our community,” he said.
Much of the new traffic patterns reflect new housing addition areas, especially on 151st Street – which is Oklahoma 67 between U.S. 75 and Memorial Drive – where the speed limit is 65 mph.
The report shows that failure to stop or yield for a traffic control device followed by speeding are the most cited causes of accidents.
“We’re finding more and more that some of those accidents were because they were on a cell phone,” Shirley said.
Resident complaints also have a lot to do with where police focus their efforts. Shirley said residents let them know where people are running stop signs or speeding through neighborhoods.
The highest number of accidents occur between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and involve people between the ages of 16 and 24, the report shows.
This age group accounted for 34 percent of collisions in Bixby in 2010, which is higher than the 27 percent national average, the report shows.
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