Monday: Vehicle crashes up in Tulsa
BY JERRY WOFFORD and CURTIS KILLMAN World Staff Writers
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Tulsa police saw a 7 percent increase in the number of vehicle crashes in 2012, yet the number of people who died remained nearly flat at a number still concerning to police.
There were 43 people who died on Tulsa streets last year in 40 crashes.
Police worked 14,458 crashes last year, according to data provided by the Tulsa Police Department. It’s an average of about 40 crashes every day.
“We had about 1,000 crash increase (over 2011), but the fatals didn’t go up,” said Officer Craig Murray, traffic safety coordinator for the Tulsa Police Department. “That’s encouraging.
“But still hate having it over 40.”
Tulsa police recorded nearly 900 more collisions in 2012 than the prior year with a third of the increase attributed to additional hit-and-run traffic collisions, a World analysis indicates.
Tulsa poloice recorded 13,560 collisions in 2011.
There were 11,655 crashes reported in 2010, which shows a two-year increase of 24 percent.
Read more in Monday's Tulsa World.
Emergency workers gather in the closed highway lanes of U.S. 169 as a traffic accident is cleaned up near 51st Street on June 8. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World file