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Rohnert Park Expressway at Commerce Boulevard Tops List of High Traffic Collision Intersections

A recently-released report tracks accidents and where they occur in Rohnert Park, other traffic information.

Anyone who's been driving for a while knows that caution is a key ingredient when entering any intersection. Driving around Rohnert Park is no different.

A recently-released report identifies the most accident-prone intersections around town along with other traffic data compiled from Jan. 1 to June 30 of this year.

The report, "Bi-Annual Traffic Collision Analysis" will be on the RP City Council's agenda packet this Tuesday. At the top of the list is a popular intersection used by locals and commuters alike -- Rohnert Park Expressway at Commerce Boulevard.

The Rohnert Park Public Safety Department tracked seven accidents at that intersection from Jan. 1 to June 30. It's a four-accident increase from the reporting period of July through December, 2011.

"Although we saw  some increases in two of our major intersections, we are still within the marginal norms of the past several reporting periods," read the report prepared by Sgt. Jason Krauss. 

Second on the list is Country Club at Rohnert Park Expressway with six collisions, and the intersection of Redwood Drive and Rohnert Park Expressway was the site of five accidents.

Two intersections saw decreases from last year including Rohnert Park Expressway at State Farm, a decrease of one accidents from five accidents last year, and Commerce Boulevard at Enterprise, which last year had four collisions and has had two so far this year.

Take a look at the list:

INTERSECTION TOTAL YTD
Commerce Boulevard @ Rohnert Park Expressway 7
Country Club @ Rohnert Park Expressway 6
Redwood Drive @ Rohnert Park Expressway 5
State Farm Drive @ Rohnert Park Expressway 4
Golf Course Drive @ Snyder Lane 3
Commerce boulevard @ Enterprise Drive 2

In addition, most of the collisions in Rohnert Park during the reporting period occurred on Thursday. The most popular time for accidents was between 2p.m., and 3 p.m.

According to the report, RP saw a decline of hit-and-run accidents from last year's total of 42. So far this year, 35 have been reported.

Take a look at the full report attached to this story.

The Rohnert Park City Council meets on Aug. 28, at 5 p.m.

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Graham Lower August 31, 2012 at 04:13 AM
While I am not sure that it is a good fit for Commerce and Expressway, it would be interesting to consider implementation of roundabouts within the city. There has been a fair amount of research that strongly suggests that roundabouts are significantly safer and decrease wait times/increase through-put. (http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/roundabouts/) I understand that people like have mixed feelings, especially about something not terribly common in the US (in my experience) but I think it would be worth seriously looking at. At the very least, introduction of several aroundabouts at major intersections would give the city a degree of uniqueness that be the seeds of culture. Instead of being the "Friendly" city, we could be the "Interesting" and safer city.

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