Traffic accidents up in Durant

DURANT -- Last month the City of Durant showed a significant increase in traffic crashes citywide. Since the start of construction on University Street, traffic crashes have increased more than 21% over the same time period last year. In March alone traffic crashes increased from 52 in 2006 to 70 this year.

The closing of streets because of construction has no doubt been a contributing factor to the increase in traffic crashes. Drivers are forced to take alternate routes that they may not be familiar with. As a result, drivers are being delayed in their efforts to arrive at their destinations.

Remember that traffic has been re directed through residential neighborhoods where traffic speeds are slower than that of main thoroughfares. Streets are narrower and there are more traffic control devices such as stop signs, not to mention the severe congestion of the cars alone. These conditions tend to make the motoring public agitated and could lead to aggressive driving.

As the City strives to improve its infrastructure, there are some things you as motorists can do to help alleviate the traffic problem, thus decreasing the likelihood of a traffic crash.

• Leave early for your destination
• Slow down
• Take alternate, less congested traffic routes
• Be polite and courteous to other motorists
• Be a defensive driver, not an aggressive one
• Do not follow too closely
• Pay attention
• Don't be distracted by talking on a cell phone
• Wear your seat belt


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  • by that'sad Location: calera on May 3, 2007 at 09:45 AM
    hey okie do you have a gambling problem and you need to get to bingo fast, or or you one of the people that makes the highways between the casino and calera so bad, have you gotten a ticket or something just seems to me this story is about DURANT NOT CALERA, YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO DRAW CALERA INTO THIS, AND IF YOU WANT TO GET DOWN TO BRASS TACKS THE CASINO IS REALLY ALOT OF THE CAUSE OF THE TRAFFIC IN CALERA AND DURANT EXTEDS THEIR CITY LIMITS OUT TO IT SO THEY GET THE SALES TAX AND STUFF SO THAT MAKES PEOPLE THINK THAT DURANT SHOULD HAVE TO FOOT TTHE BLAME SO SO MANY WRECKS.
  • by Delouise Location: Manner on May 3, 2007 at 07:31 AM
    I understand you,when you say where is a cop when you need one.As I believe the city of Durant has anywhere from 20-30 officiers that are suppose to be watching our streets and there when called upon but for some reason or another they aren't. It takes them several upon several minutes to respond to your call for help which I own a scanner at hopme and listen to it frequently. I believe the Sheriffs Dept has maybe 10-12 officers period and they get to the scene of a crime or call for help a whole lot faster than these city cops and the Sheriffs Dept, has more area to cover than the police dept so isn't that a cring shame besides the fact that the Sheriff deputies are a whole lot nicer than the city cops are too. Them there city cops are down right rude and stuck up when spoken to but the OHP and Sheriffs Deputies are not I think those city cops need some trainging from these two other departments and maybe we can get them on top of things
  • by carla Location: durant oklahoma on May 2, 2007 at 02:55 PM
    thank you for posting this story, i was involved in an accident on university. i am surprised there aren't more wrecks than that.. i picked 10 cars to see what may contribute to these wrecks, 5 cars out of 10 were on cell phones, swerving on the road... the other 5 was pure carelessness... The lady that hit me. stated" i got tired of setting there, ran in front of me and there was no way of avoiding her, my car was totalled. it is a big issue here in durant. and what i am frustrated at, where is a cop when you need one... i have another issue, i seen this week on main street here in durant a highway patrol car stopping a person (downtown durant. and the city cops are stopping people left and right on the highway... maybe they need to be observing the people with cell phones.
  • by Okie Location: Durant on May 2, 2007 at 07:58 AM
    If they'll let the Choctaws get away with putting a stop light in the middle of a major highway, any other construction problems should be nothing. Let' build an overpass that starts at the Bingo hall & ends on the other side of Calera. That way we don't have to deal with the traffic problems at the Indian casino & we don't have to deal with Calera at all!
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