NEWS RELEASE

 

HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

815 Wheeler Ave.

Huntsville, Alabama  35801

 

Rex Reynolds                         Wendell Johnson

       Chief of Police               Public Affairs Administrator

(256) 427-7001                       (256) 427-7043  
 

                      

Special Operations             North Precinct              West Precinct        South Precinct
     (256) 427-7157             (256) 746-4111          (256) 427-5461     (256) 213-4503

            

                              

Huntsville Police Release Ten Reasons For Drivers to Be Aware

 

Huntsville, Alabama (August 4, 2005) Motorists in Huntsville will see additional Police Officers in school zones when classes start Monday. Many of the 8,205 traffic crashes in 2004 could have been avoided if Huntsville drivers were more attentive. So far this year, the City has recorded 29 traffic fatalities and those fatalities have Huntsville Police Chief Rex Reynolds concerned. Reynolds has instructed Officers to concentrate traffic enforcement efforts in the school zones as well as morning and afternoon rush hour across the City. Reynolds said there would be ZERO tolerance of motorists speeding through school zones and ignoring posted traffic signs. Public Safety Aides (school crossing guards) and Police will be on hand to assist children in the school zones.

 

Top Ten Contributing Circumstances of Motor Vehicle Crashes in 2004

 

  1. Failure to Yield Right of Way ………………. 1,477
  2. Misjudged Stopping Distance ……………….. 1,051
  3. Following Too Close ………………………… 1,031
  4. Driver Not In Control ………………………….  836
  5. Unseen Object / Person / Vehicle ……………..   793
  6. Failure to Obey Sign / Signal …………………    579
  7. Improper Lane Change or Usage ……………..    400
  8. Unknown ………………………………………   279
  9. Avoid Object Person or Vehicle ……………….   224
  10. Other …………………………………………… 210

 

Editor’s Note: New PSA’s (crossing guards)  will be training at Bob Wallace and Triana Blvd on Friday, August 5th from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. if media wants video and interviews. Thanks Wendell.