THE area encompassing the bottom of Nordel Way hill, and the Nordel Way on and off ramps to Highway 91, was the place in Delta where you were most likely to have a collision in 2019.
“We often get questions on why we check for speeders on Nordel Way hill, where the speed limit is actually 60 km/hour,” said Staff-Sgt. Sukh Sidhu, who oversees the Traffic Section, on Thursday. “I hope this data helps clarify why that’s an enforcement hot spot for us. Police officers don’t go into this profession because they want to write tickets. Our goal is to decrease collisions, and prevent injuries and deaths.”
Last year Delta Police saw a 3% reduction from 2018 in the collisions reported or attended to by police. There were 1,152 crashes in total. The most common locations for crashes, in order of worst to least:
- Bottom of Nordel Way hill, and Nordel Way on and off ramps to Highway 91
- Scott Road between 70th and 72nd avenues
- Nordel Way between 112th and 116th streets
- Highway 17 and Highway 91 intersection at the Connector
- Scott Road between 80th and 84th streets
- Nordel Way and Scott Road
- 112th and 84th avenues
- Nicholson Road and 72nd Avenue
- 56th Street and Highway 17
- Ladner Trunk and Highway 17A
These locations will help form Traffic Enforcement Priorities for all traffic and patrol officers in 2020. Whenever officers have time to do proactive work, they can choose from one of these areas and record the amount of time they spent doing enforcement on their mobile terminals in the police vehicle.
In 2019 Delta Police traffic unit and patrol officers spent 3,833 hours doing enforcement in high collision areas – looking for speeding, distracted and impaired drivers, among other infractions.
“That’s 479 full days of enforcement, just in these high collision areas,” pointed out Sidhu. “We spent additional enforcement time enforcing school zones, doing distracted driving and impaired driving enforcement, and responding to community concerns.”
Officers also spent significant time investigating collision scenes and appearing in court.
You can stay up to date on traffic enforcement efforts (and road closures) by following @DPDTraffic on Twitter.