Traffic Safety

Move Over… It’s the Law
Move Over (2)

The Town of Ashland reminds motorists when you see red, blue, or amber flashing lights on a stationary vehicle, you must move over and change lanes or, if it is unsafe to change lanes, proceed with caution and maintain a safe speed for highway conditions.
As the number of distractions to driving grows every day, the job of law enforcement, emergency personnel, and highway workers has become even more dangerous. 

Protect those who protect you… it's not only safe for everyone, it's the law.

Pedestrian
APD Crosswalk Safety Initiative

The Ashland Police Department is committed to ensuring the safety of pedestrians.  You will see officers focusing on crosswalk safety making sure the roads are safe for everyone.


10 Walking Safety Tips

1. Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
2. Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
3. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
4. Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
5. Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
6. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safety; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
7. Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
8. Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
9. Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or backing up in parking lots.
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.

9 Driving Safety Tips

1. Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.
2. Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.
3. Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
4. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the cross-walk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
5. Never Pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
6. Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
7. Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
8. Follower slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.
9. Be extra cautious when backing up—pedestrians can move into your path.
If you have any questions, please call the Ashland Police Department 804-412-0600.

Ashland PD Announces R.I.D.E. Traffic Safety Initiative

The Ashland Police Department announces the Roadway & Intersection Directed Enforcement (R.I.D.E.) traffic safety initiative.

Data collected in 2018 indicates an increase in motor vehicle crashes in Ashland, with a 32% increase in reportable crashes in the April to June period. Additionally, crashes involving injury increased 100% during that time.

In the past, the majority of crashes in Town occurred at three main intersections, however, crashes are now occurring more frequently at many of our less travelled intersections and on our residential roadways.

Beginning this month, Ashland police officers will be conducting increased, proactive traffic enforcement throughout Town, with a special emphasis on those violations most associated with vehicle crashes and injuries: driving under the influence of alcohol, and stop sign, traffic light, failure to yield and seat belt/child seat violations.

The Ashland Police Department is committed to ensuring the safety of residents and visitors alike and asks that you drive safely at all times. Residents with questions or traffic safety concerns may call 798-1227 or make a report on our website at www.ashlandpolice.us.



Rail safety is everyone’s concern and we offer the following safety tips courtesy of Operation Lifesaver (www.oli.org):

 



Train Crossing Safety


• Trains and cars don't mix. Never race a train to the crossing — even if you tie, you lose. 
• The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks. 
• Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied. That's 18 football fields! 
• Never drive around lowered gates — it's illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the emergency number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency. 
• Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train is three feet wider than the tracks on both sides. 
• If your vehicle ever stalls on the tracks, get out and get away from the tracks, even if you do not see a train. Locate the Emergency Notification System sign and call the number provided, telling them about the stalled vehicle. If a train is approaching, run toward the train but away from the tracks at a 45-degree angle. If you run in the same direction a train is traveling, you could be injured by flying debris. 
• At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.
• When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember it isn't safe to stop closer than 15 feet from a rail. 
• ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN! Freight trains do not follow set schedules.
  

Crash Statistics
Traffic crashes include collisions of a motor vehicle with another motor vehicle, person, bicycle or stationary object. In 2018, the Ashland Police Department responded to 326 crashes compared to 311 crashes in 2017. In 2018, the Ashland Police Department investigated 126 reportable crashes compared to 115 reportable crashes investigated in 2017. The number of reportable crashes increased by nine percent (9%) compared to the previous year. The total number of crashes involving injured parties in 2018 was forty-nine (49), compared to forty-five (45) crashes resulting in injuries for the previous year. The number of crashes resulting in injuries increased by nine percent (9%) compared to 2017.

There were no fatal crashes in the Town of Ashland for the year 2018. 


Programs

DUI Enforcement


For 2018, the Ashland Police Department made thirty-one (31) arrests for DUI/DUID compared to forty (40) arrests in 2017. The number of arrests for DUI/DUID decreased by approximately twenty-three (-23%) compared to the previous year.

For 2018, the Department investigated five (5) crashes involving driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol, compared to thirteen (13) crashes in 2017—a sixty-two percent (-62%) decrease. 

Enforcement


For 2018, the Ashland Police Department conducted 2,773 traffic stops and issued 1,741 summonses for traffic or vehicle related violations. For the previous year 2017, the Ashland Police Department conducted 2,796 traffic stops and issued 1,755 summonses for traffic or vehicle related violations. The number of traffic stops conducted decreased by less than one percent (-0.8%) and the number of summonses issued decreased by the same margin (-0.8%) compared to the previous year.


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 2018, the Ashland Police Department continued the A.C.U.T.E (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. 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 are three or more violations over 15 mph more than the speed limit. The A.C.U.T.E. Program was
deployed sixteen times (16) during 2018. The following locations are the areas the Department utilized the A.C.U.T.E. program where a speeding problem existed, and the subsequent enforcement action taken to address the complaint:

- Arbor Oak Drive - 3 summonses issued 


Roadway & Intersection Directed Enforcement (RIDE) program



The RIDE program began in September 2018. For the first month, each squad was assigned six hours of enforcement at locations selected by the Traffic Safety unit based on previous crash statistics. Emphasis for the directed enforcement is placed on the following target violations: Stop sign, traffic light, failure to yield, and seat belt/child seat violations. After September, the enforcement time was increased to eight hours per
squad.

For the year 2018, patrol officers dedicated 157 hours and 24 minutes to the directed enforcement efforts. One wanted subject was arrested and two DUI arrests were made while officers were conducting this assignment. 


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

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