Auto accidents happen all over Lucas County every day, often without any warning for those involved. Some intersections, though, seem to be more accident prone than others.
Analysis of Ohio Department of Transportation data shows five Lucas County intersections stand out from the rest.
First on the list of most dangerous in Lucas County is the intersection of Dorr Street and Secor Road near the University of Toledo campus. From 2007 to 2011, an average of more than 65 accidents happened at Dorr and Secor every year. That includes one fatality and seven serious injuries. According to the city of Toledo, in the first seven months of 2012 alone automated camera systems issued 196 red light violations and 24 speed violations at that intersection.
Officials say they are not surprised to hear Dorr and Secor is one of the worst in the city.
"That's one of the busier intersections in the city. Close proximity to the University of Toledo, so you have a high volume of traffic. It's a major intersection and you're going to find those are the locations that are going to have the most number of accidents," said Lt. Jeff Sulewski of the Toledo Police Traffic Division.
In the first 9 months of 2012, 24 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in Lucas County. Data shows that in 38 percent of those fatalities, the driver at fault had alcohol or drugs in his or her system. In 17 percent of fatal crashes, the person who died was not wearing a seatbelt.
Lucas County recently received $147,000 in state and federal funding for traffic enforcement. Officers say getting more police on the streets, doing patrols, will help encourage drivers to be safe.
"Just the fact that we can put officers out there and people are seeing the police cars, and know that you're doing the enforcement. You know we hope to get cooperation. We'd rather write less tickets and just have people drive safely," said Lt. Sulewski.
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