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Traffic Crashes in Washington Increased Last Year

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:00 pm

Traffic crashes in Washington were up in 2012 compared to 2011, but wrecks involving injuries, and the number of people injured were both down for the year, according to police.

There were 553 crashes reported on streets and highways in Washington last year, including 87 injury accidents resulting in 121 people hurt.

That compares to 534 crashes, including 97 injury crashes and 128 people hurt, in 2011.

There was one fatal crash reported in the city last year, the same number as in 2011. Last year’s lone fatal crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, according to the annual traffic safety report prepared by the police department.

No fatalities occurred in Washington in 2010 but there was one each in 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2005. In 2006, two people died in separate traffic crashes.

Other Years

In 2010, police investigated 549 traffic crashes, including 97 injury crashes resulting in 126 people hurt.

That compares to 595 crashes reported in 2009, including 87 in which 137 people were injured.

In 2008, 555 crashes were reported, including 89 crashes in which 132 were hurt. There were 573 crashes in the city in 2007, 568 in 2006 and 610 in 2005.

The department investigated 80 injury crashes in 2007, 110 in 2006 and 102 in 2005, according to statistics.

In 2007, 106 people were injured in crashes, compared to 154 in 2006 and 147 in 2005.

DWI Crashes

Alcohol-related crashes were up in 2012, with 27 reported last year, including six injury crashes in which eight people were hurt.

Of those, 21 wrecks resulted in property damage. The economic loss from the 27 DWI wrecks in 2012 was estimated at $672,200, according to the year-end report.

There was no single peak month for DWI crashes last year as six months had three crashes each.

Peak times for alcohol-related crashes were from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekend nights.

There were 22 DWI wrecks in 2011 including four in which six people were injured.

In 2010, police reported 24 alcohol-related crashes, down nine from 33 in 2009. The 2010 alcohol-related crashes resulted in seven people being injured, down from nine injuries reported in 2009.

DWI Arrests

In 2012, police officers issued fewer drunk driving citations. The total was 89 DWI arrests last year compared to 96 in 2011. Last year represented the fourth year in a row that fewer than 100 drunk driving arrests were made.

There were 71 DWI arrests in 2010, compared to 92 in 2009 and 116 in 2008.

In 2007, police made 105 DWI arrests. In 2006, police arrested 154 drivers for drinking and driving offenses, compared to 133 in 2005, 105 in 2004, 116 in 2003 and 149 in 2002. Police made the most DWI arrests in one year — 178 — in 1991. Other years with large numbers of DWI arrests were 1999 (168), 1996 (158), 1992 (155) and 2002 (149).

Traffic Enforcement

The number of other traffic citations dropped sharply in 2012, down to a total of 1,577 tickets written, the lowest number in eight years.

There were 2,278 tickets issued in 2011 compared to 1,893 citations in 2010. In 2009, police handed out 2,561 traffic tickets, up from 1,018 tickets in 2008.

In 2007, officers wrote 3,488 tickets, the most since at least 1992 and probably the highest number ever issued by the department. In comparison, officers issued 2,840 tickets in 2006 and 1,913 tickets in 2005. The previous high number of tickets was 3,349 issued in 1994.


Police officers arrested 850 people for various offenses in 2012, compared to 904 arrests in 2011 and 745 in 2010, the lowest number in the last six years. The report notes that police made 923 arrests in 2009, 1,018 arrests in 2008, 1,023 in 2007, 952 arrests in 2006 and 1,079 arrests in 2005.

Young Drivers

The annual report shows a drop in the number of younger drivers involved in traffic crashes, down to 144 in 2012 compared to 162 in 2011.

Younger drivers, between the ages of 16 and 20, were involved in 16.09 percent of all traffic crashes in the city in 2012, according to the report.