Accidents, crime up in Kingman

KINGMAN – Intersections on Stockton Hill Road and E. Andy Devine Avenue remained the most dangerous patches of pavement in Kingman in 2005.

According to the Kingman Police Departments’ annual report, Stockton Hill Road at Airway Avenue was the No. 1 location for traffic accidents for the second consecutive year. Twenty-five accidents occurred at that intersection followed by 23 at Stockton Hill and Sycamore Avenue.

Chief Bob DeVries said that if people would slow down and pay attention, traffic accidents would decrease.

“The vast majority of accidents still are based upon inattentive or impatient drivers,” he said. “People tend to become lax in their driving habits, which is the biggest factor.”

While cell phones, food, CD players and other vehicle amenities play a constant part in causing accidents, the increase of traffic on Stockton Hill caused by construction on Andy Devine is likely to skew the final results for 2006. E. Andy Devine at Airway also made the top-10 list as did the intersection down the road at Louise Avenue.

The Airway underpass is expected to relieve some congestion at Louise, but there were 18 accidents last year where the underpass is being built.

DeVries said the department focused on last year’s top-10 accident sites with some success.

“By their focus in the top-10 accident areas, we saw a much smaller increase in traffic accidents there than we did throughout the rest of the city. So the saturation patrols are working in that regard,” he said.

Two locations dropped off of last year’s top 10 – W. Beale Street at I-40 and Stockton Hill at Gordon Drive. They were replaced by E. Andy Devine at Airway and by Andy Devine at Hualapai Mountain Road.

The department will be conducting a yearly traffic volume count this year to get a better overall picture of the problems at the top accident sites. The Traffic Bureau plans to reduce accidents in the city by 5-percent proportional to the growth in traffic volume. There were 1,383 traffic accidents in 2005 compared to 1,253 in the previous year. Of those in 2005, a total of 204 caused injuries and two fatalities. Police issued 2,325 tickets and 6,129 warnings.