Traffic Safety

Crash Statistics

Traffic crashes include collisions of a motor vehicle with another motor vehicle, person, bicycle or stationary object. In 2017, the Ashland Police Department responded to 311 crashes compared to 297 crashes in 2016. From those responses, the Ashland Police Department investigated 118 reportable crashes compared to 102 reportable crashes investigated in 2016. The number of reportable crashes increased by seven percent (7%) compared to the previous year.

The total number of crashes involving injured parties in 2017 was forty-five (45), compared to forty-one (41) crashes resulting in injuries to parties in 2016. The number of crashes resulting in injuries increased by ten percent (10%) compared to the previous year. There was one fatal crash in 2017.

Programs

DUI Enforcement


For 2017, the Ashland Police Department made forty (40) arrests for DUI/DUID compared to thirty-six (36) arrests in 2016. The number of arrests for DUI/DUID increased by approximately five (5%) compared to the previous year.

For 2017, the Department investigated thirteen (13) crashes involving driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol, compared to eight (8) crashes in 2016.

Enforcement


For 2017, the department conducted 2,976 traffic stops and issued 1,836 uniform traffic summonses (UTS) for traffic or vehicle related violations. For 2016, the department conducted 3,331 stops and issued 1,984 summonses (UTS) for traffic or vehicle related violations.

Speeding EnforcementAshland Police Station

The Ashland Police Department’s traffic safety unit studied areas where a high volume of crashes occurred during the previous year. In 2010, the department implemented the A.C.U.T.E. (Addressing Complaints Using Technology and Enforcement) program. This program identifies areas where a speeding problem exists, educates the public about the posted speed limit, and, if necessary, results in directed enforcement in that area.

For 2017, the Ashland Police Department continued the ACUTE (Addressing Complaints Using Technology and Enforcement) Program. The program consists of multiple phases that first determine if a speeding problem exists on a street, educates the public about the posted speed limit, and, if necessary, results in directed enforcement in that area. In order for a location to qualify for the A.C.U.T.E. Program, it must have a posted speed of 35 mph or less. A speeding problem exists if the 85th percentile speed in the area is found to be more than 8 mph over the posted limit, or there or more violations over 15 mph more than the speed limit. The A.C.U.T.E. Program was deployed 13 times during 2017. There were three locations where a speeding problem exists and subsequent enforcement action was taken to address the complaint.

  • Thompson Street
  • Ashcake Road
  • Maple Street
To report a speeding problem click here.

Other Programs


The department participated in the Smart Safe and Sober programs, Checkpoint Strikeforce, and the Click it or Ticket program. 

Special Programs

Other traffic safety programs offered by APD are:
  • Child safety seat checks
  • Crash reduction education
  • Distracted driving education
  • Impaired driving education

R-MC Sidne

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