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Roundabouts Credited With Reducing Fatal Crashes On Oakland County Roads

January 18, 2019 - 10:34 am
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PONTIAC (WWJ) - Roads in Oakland County were a little safer last year.

"For the third straight year, we saw a drop in the number of fatalities on roads that are our jurisdiction in 2018," said Craig Bryson, spokesperson for the Road Commission for Oakland County.

Bryson said 23 people died in crashes on those roads last year -- down about 20-percent from 2017. Of those, eight were alcohol or drug related. 

Bryson said much credit goes to roundabouts. The county now has 25 of the traffic circles, the highest concentration in the state.  

"The data is just undeniable. We haven't had a fatality in any of our roundabouts in the 20 years that we've had roundabouts," he said. "The number of serious injury accidents is significantly down in roundabout intersections as compared to signalized intersections. So, they work."

Bryson said the department has been focused on efforts to make roads safer. 

"Smaller things, like making the stripes on the side of the road wider so they're more visible to hopefully prevent people from going off the edge of the road. If there's a wider line, even when there's snow on the ground, it's more likely that some of that line will be visible," he said. 

Here are the number of fatalities reported on roads maintained by RCOC for each year since 2001:

  • 2001:   35
  • 2002:   38                              
  • 2003:   29                                
  • 2004:   34                                
  • 2005:   41                                
  • 2006:   33                                
  • 2007:   25                                
  • 2008:   20                                
  • 2009:   19
  • 2010:   25
  • 2011:   36 
  • 2012:   23 
  • 2013:   14   
  • 2014:   18    
  • 2015:   30
  • 2016:   39     
  • 2017:   29              
  • 2018:   23