January 19, 2007
Drivers in today's Albemarle County appear to be surviving more accidents than drivers in the past. A new report shows the number of people dying in crashes have dropped significantly for the fourth year in a row.
Thousands of cars move along roads in Albemarle County every day. Albemarle County police said they can count on having at least one accident a day.
"It probably seems like a lot more, but with reported accidents it only adds up to about 350 or 400," said Lieutenant John Teixeira of the Albemarle County Police Department.
Traffic volume has increased significantly throughout the county. While more traffic usually calls for more accidents, police said the number of traffic deaths, have fallen for the fourth straight year.
"Over the past four years, we've seen almost a 60% decline in traffic fatalities, on the roads, highways, and bi-ways of Albemarle County," added Lt. Teixeira.
There were eight traffic deaths during 2006. Six were drivers, one was a passenger, and another was a pedestrian.
Lieutenant John Teixeira believes three things account for the drop when it comes to traffic deaths. Hard-working officers, seat belt usage, and better educated drivers.
"Those three things of the triangle I think, have definitely succeeded, in reducing traffic fatalities in Albemarle County," added Lt. Teixeira
Seven of the eight people who died on Albemarle County roads were men.