Nonprofit Group Tracking Near-Accidents in Charleston, South Carolina
CHARLESTON, SC. – A nonprofit group has been tracking near-accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians and bicycles, according to an online news report posted by live5news.com. The group, called Charleston Moves, has been working with the Charleston Police Department to log these close-call accidents in order to improve safety at certain areas of the city.*
The program by Charleston Moves began at the beginning of February and will continue through the beginning of March. The group wants to identify specific areas in the city that are prone to pedestrian and bicycle collisions and transfer that data to the Charleston Police Department. The department can then send additional enforcement to those areas and possibly work with the City of Charleston on redesigns.
In the first week of the program, the group received 60 reports about near-accidents at Charleston intersections. Pedestrians and cyclists in the city are glad the program exists because they are on board with anything that improves safety.
“When you have a several-ton vehicle almost hit you, that’s definitely scary,” said Marijana Boone, a cyclist in Charleston. “I’m always looking two, three blocks ahead and behind me, in all directions, to make sure that I don’t get into an accident.”
The project provides data that the police department would not otherwise have, as people do not usually report when they have almost been in an accident. But data about accidents that actually happened show something needs to change. Since 2008, 120 people have died in traffic collisions in Charleston, and the city has seen increases in traffic fatalities each year since 2012.
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