The California Office of Traffic Safety issued a report last week on 2009 car accident data, and included this year for the first time something called “collision rankings.” These rankings a based upon data collected by the CHP and the Department of Transportation, which then compares cities with populations of 25,000 or greater.
According to the report, Carlsbad, Temecula, and Poway are some of the safest communities for drivers or cars and motorcycles, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists. In fact, Temecula is rated first in cities with a population of 100,000 to 250,000, and Carlsbad is ranked ninth. In the 50,000 to 100,000 range, Poway ranks fourth safest when compared to 104 similar cities. Escondido and Oceanside don’t do as well. Escondido is ranked as the fifth worst and Oceanside the eighth worst.
Here’s how the numbers breakdown. In 2009, Escondido had 844 injury or fatal accidents, Oceanside had 752, Carlsbad 350, and Temecula only 116. Cities like Encinitas, Murrieta, and San Marcos finished in the middle tier.
For motorcycle accidents, Lake Elsinore is the worst place to ride. In 2009 there were 12 fatal motorcycle accidents. Lake Elsinore also takes home the prize for most alcohol-related crashes. Murrieta ranks 18th worst in alcohol related accidents, but, oddly, is one of the safest cities for senior citizens to walk in.
Want to see how your city was ranked? Click here to read the entire report.
Source: NC Times
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