More than 230 traffic collisions in Mukilteo in 2012

By Sara Bruestle | Nov 06, 2013

Statistics on Mukilteo drivers look like a demolition derby: They run into houses, garages, fire hydrants – even off the ferry dock. The good news is, at least in 2012, no one was killed.

Those are some of the stats that stand out from 2012 traffic collision data released last month by the Mukilteo Police Department. Data from 2013 is not yet available.

Here is a look at the vehicle collisions in Mukilteo by the numbers:

According to the data, there were 236 reported vehicle collisions in Mukilteo last year. Of those, 55 total or 23 percent of crashes resulted in injuries. There were no reported fatalities.

“Most collisions occur because of inattentive drivers who are listing to music, sidetracked because they are day dreaming, tired drivers, because they are eating – all kinds of stuff,” Mukilteo Officer Colt Davis said. “People aren’t paying attention.

“In the age of technology, people are busy with other things, so it’s easy to get distracted.”

As the rainy season in Mukilteo starts in October and lasts until July, the number of collisions during these months were typically higher – not to forget snow and ice-related wrecks – although November is tied for the lowest number of crashes.

The month with the most collisions was December with 25, followed by April and June with 24 crashes and January and October with 23 crashes. August and November had the least number of collisions at 11.

Not surprisingly, most of these collisions occurred on the busier roads – the Mukilteo Speedway, Harbour Pointe Boulevard or Harbour Pointe Boulevard S.W.

The number of crashes reported on the Mukilteo Speedway topped the list with 119, or 50 percent, of collisions. Both Harbour Pointe Boulevards trailed with a total of 37 collisions, about 16 percent.

As far as times of day, the most collisions occurred between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. – there were 98 reported collisions within these times. However, there were also 97 reported crashes between 4 p.m. and midnight.

The number of collisions that occurred in 2012 dropped by half between the times of midnight to 10 a.m., with 47 reported crashes.

During the rush hours of 3-6 p.m. there were 63 reported collisions, whereas between the rush hours of 7-9 a.m. there were only 11.

The worst time to drive? During the 5 o’clock hour. There were a total of 29 reported collisions within that hour. The safest time to drive was during the 2 o’clock hour, as there was only one reported crash.

Traffic collisions reported included when a vehicle collided with another vehicle, pedestrian, or a stationary object, such as a tree or utility pole.

Of these collisions, 137 total or 58 percent involved a vehicle colliding into one or more vehicles. There were two 4-car crashes, two 5-car crashes and one 6-car pile-up. One vehicle hit a school bus.

There were 10 reported car vs. pedestrian collisions, seven car vs. bicyclist collisions and four car vs. motorcyclist collisions. One of the pedestrian collisions involved a snow sled, and one pedestrian was at fault.

Of the collisions involving stationary objects, six ran into a curb, five drove into stops signs, four hit a median, four hit a fence – one of which was in an attempt to elude police – three backed into bushes, two hit a tree and two backed into one or more mailboxes.

And, according to the data, just one vehicle each reportedly collided with a house, garage, boat trailer, utility pole, fire hydrant and guard rail. One car also drove off of the ferry dock last year.

The types of collisions reported included rear-end, parking lot, roll-overs, road departures and hit-and-runs.

“Mostly it’s drivers that rear-ended another car or made a bad left turn and got a second car into a collision or stopped really quickly,” Davis said.

A total of 74, or 31 percent, of reported crashes were rear-end collisions. One was a roll-over, and one involved a tire that fell off a car and rolled into another.

Another 37 collisions, or about 16 percent, occurred in parking lots in Mukilteo.

In 2012, there were 10 reported hit-and-runs. Five reported crashes were road departures, due to a vehicle driving off the road and into a ditch. One car swerved to avoid hitting an animal.

How can you and other drivers cut down on the collisions police see? Davis said it’s simple: Stay focused on the road and the cars around you when you’re behind the wheel.

“People need to focus on the road and driving carefully,” he said. “Accidents can happen, but most can be avoided if [drivers] just follow the basic, safe driving practices that we all know.”

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