December does not strike one as a particularly safe time to be driving in Chilliwack.
Add the hustle and bustle of the Christmas shopping season to holiday parties and sometimes freezing temperatures, and one would expect carnage. Instead, December of 2012 was the most peaceful month on Chilliwack's roads, with local Mounties attending to just four accidents, according to RCMP data.
That is just one of the findings of a revealing analysis of crash data that is changing how local traffic cops patrol the city's roads.
Chilliwack RCMP's traffic section responded to 420 collisions in 2012. Just under half of those accidents involved injuries.
RCMP crime analyst Raman Dhaliwal looked at when those the crashes occur, and when those incidents resulted in injuries.
She found that in Chilliwack, January (50 crashes) and August (49 accidents) saw the most collisions of any months. December was far and away the safest, with just the four reported incidents.
Fridays and Saturdays were the busiest for local traffic cops, accounting for 145 crashes, or 34 per cent, of all police-attended collisions. Sunday was the safest, with just 44 accidents.
The eight hours between noon and 8 p.m. accounted for more than half of all accidents in 2012, for a total of 223 crashes.
The overall stats held true for accidents that caused injuries. August was the busiest month for injurious crashes, and the time period between noon and 4 p.m. also saw the most people hurt in collisions.
Only 23 of the 205 collisions resulting in injuries took place between midnight and 8 a.m.
Mounties say Chilliwack's downtown core saw the highest incidence of crashes.
Chilliwack RCMP say their work shifts will be altered based on the data analysis.
"It does not make sense for us to be working at times when collisions are at their lowest," said Cpl. Lee Dyson of the Chilliwack Traffic Unit. "These statistics are an invaluable resource to us that we will use to guide our enforcement."
First reported on chilliwacktimes.com
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