Report cites vehicle volume as main factor in accidents

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Thousands of drivers pass through the county’s most dangerous intersections each day, and police believe that’s the biggest factor causing a high number of accidents.

The county’s most traveled roads, including U.S. 31, Madison Avenue, County Line Road and Emerson Avenue, can be found more than once on the top 10 list of intersections with the most accidents, according to a traffic study by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute.

The study ranked the intersections by only the number of accidents reported and does not take into account injuries or damage. None of the five fatal accidents in 2011 occurred at the intersections, according to the report.

Heavy traffic, rather than geography or weather, is the biggest reason police identified for the high number of accidents.

“I think the two go hand-in-hand. The more traffic, the more exposure to risk there is,” Greenwood Police Department Sgt. Doug Roller said.

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