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Traffic accidents up in Quincy from 2012, police say

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Friday is the most dangerous night of the week for drivers to be on Quincy streets.

That's not all, new numbers just released from the Quincy Police Department show there's a significant uptick in the total number of accidents over the last year.

Chances are if you're going to be in an accident, it's going to be at 36th and Broadway, where in the month of August there were five accidents, and 29 accidents so far in 2013.

But the biggest question is, why are traffic crashes on the rise in Quincy?

The next time you get behind the wheel in Quincy, police are warning you to be extra careful.

That's because the city has seen a whopping 800 accidents in the first eight months of the year, that's up 60 from the same time last year.

"One of the reasons is most likely because of the rough weather we had a lot of precipitation that caused road conditions to be somewhat dangerous," said Sgt. Doug VanderMaiden with the Quincy Police Department.

But what might surprise you is that VanderMaiden says 80% of this year's accidents actually happened on sunny, dry days.

He says that's when drivers are more likely to let their guard down.

"When people are driving on wet pavement or snow, they know to be careful but sometimes they don't realize that when the roadway is dry," said VanderMaiden.

VanderMaiden says not only are crashes up, so are the number of people getting hurt.

So what do drivers think is behind the increase in accidents?

"There's a lot of people that don't use their turn signals anymore, if they turn their turn signal on, they're half way around the corner before they turn them on!" said Earl Bradshaw.

"There's a lot of people talking on their phones and they're still texting, even though it's not legal," said Tara Jones.

Besides 36th and Broadway, other dangerous intersections are: 54th and Broadway, 36th and Cambridge, 24th and State, and 4th and Jersey.

 

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