March 12, 2020
Delta Police issue list of Top 10 collision hot spots
Yesterday Delta Police asked residents where they thought they’d be most likely to get into a collision. Their answers – anywhere along River Road, 72nd and Scott, Deltaport Way, Hwy. 91 and 96th Street intersection, anywhere on Scott Road…. The guesses – and some traffic frustrations – poured in.
Today we’re sharing the answer, based on police data from 2019 of collisions reported to or attended by police.
The winning (or losing) location? The area encompassing the bottom of Nordel Way hill, and the Nordel Way on and off ramps to Hwy. 91, was the spot in Delta where you were most likely to have a collision in 2019.
“We often get questions on why we check for speeders on Nordel Way hill, where the speed limit is actually 60 km/hour,” says Staff Sergeant Sukh Sidhu, who oversees the Traffic Section. “I hope this data helps clarify why that’s an enforcement hot spot for us. Police officers don’t go into this profession because they want to write tickets. Our goal is to decrease collisions, and prevent injuries and deaths.”
Last year Delta Police saw a 3% reduction from 2018 in the collisions reported or attended to by police. There were 1,152 crashes in total. The most common locations for crashes, in order of worst to least:
- Bottom of Nordel Way hill, and Nordel Way on and off ramps to Hwy 91
- Scott Rd. between 70-72nd Ave
- Nordel Way between 112th and 116th
- Hwy 17 and Hwy 91 intersection at the Connector
- Scott Rd. between 80th-84th
- Nordel Way and Scott Rd.
- 112th and 84th Ave
- Nicholson Rd and 72nd Ave
- 56th St and Hwy 17
- Ladner Trunk and Hwy 17A
These locations will help form Traffic Enforcement Priorities for all traffic and patrol officers in 2020. Whenever officers have time to do proactive work, they can choose from one of these areas and record the amount of time they spent doing enforcement on their mobile terminals in the police vehicle.
In 2019 Delta Police traffic unit and patrol officers spent 3,833 hours doing enforcement in high collision areas. 3,833 hours – looking for speeding, distracted and impaired drivers, among other infractions.
“That’s 479 full days of enforcement, just in these high collision areas,” clarifies S/Sgt. Sidhu. “We spent additional enforcement time enforcing school zones, doing distracted driving and impaired driving enforcement, and responding to community concerns.
Officers also spent significant time investigating collision scenes and appearing in court.
You can stay up to date on traffic enforcement efforts (and road closures) by following @DPDTraffic on Twitter.