Video: Crime trends, transportation safety @ West Seattle Crime Prevention Council

Tonight’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting featured crime-trend updates from Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Pierre Davis and transportation-safety info from SDOT’s Jim Curtin (who started speaking about 26 minutes into our video). We’ll add toplines later but just in case you’re interested, we recorded the entire hour and a half meeting on video and it’s just finished uploading, so we present it here for your potential late-night/early-morning viewing. More later!

ADDED 9:40 AM WEDNESDAY: Toplines from WSB’s Katie Meyer:

*From SDOT community traffic liaison Jim Curtin’s presentation – the top spots in West Seattle for collisions, October 2010-October 2013:

1) Olson Place SW and 1st (aka, east end of Roxbury)
2) 35th/Avalon (that includes collisions near the bridge entrance)
3) 8th SW and SW Roxbury

Major causes of collisions:

33% caused by speeding
48& of fatal crashes involve impaired drivers (alcohol or drugs – no increase in marijuana so far)
22% of fatal crashes involve distraction

Most common type of collision in West Seattle:
“Hit parked cars” (1,150 hit parked car hit “incidents “in the three-year time period Curtin covered – some are multiple-vehicle incidents, so higher total of hit parked car numbers).

CRIME TRENDS: Lt. Davis stressed both the importance of reporting crime AND suspicious sightings – “partnership with the community” – and of prevention. People are still, he lamented, leaving keys in cars, leaving home doors unlocked, etc. Also, he warned, mail and package theft ramp up this time of year (for obvious reasons), and he reiterated something noted last month, that West Seattle will have holiday-season emphasis patrols, with officers out on foot beats. Traffic emphasis patrols will be “highly visible” in the months ahead, too.

NEXT MEETING: WSCPC is taking December off; at 7 pm January 21st, Ann Graves from Seattle Animal Shelter will be on hand to discuss various animal-control issues.

9 Replies to "Video: Crime trends, transportation safety @ West Seattle Crime Prevention Council"

  • Samantha November 20, 2013 (9:52 am)

    Please! Who can I talk to about implementing NO TURNS on Fauntleroy to 37th during am/pm traffic times. This is getting ridiculous, crashes and near-misses almost everyday due to lack of visibility and poor driver judgment. If there is a specific someone to contact please let me know so I can plead my case.

  • datamuse November 20, 2013 (10:14 am)

    I was present at a collision at 8th and Roxbury just this past week involving at least four vehicles and possibly five (one of the drivers involved said that a blue truck hit him, then drove off–nice job, whoever you are, at least one person went to the hospital thanks to you).
    Since SDOT seems to be aware of the problems with this intersection, can we please get some sort of mitigation before somebody dies. (And meanwhile, folks, Roxbury is not a freeway and whatever you’re rushing to can wait a few minutes. Slow down.)

    • WSB November 20, 2013 (10:53 am)

      Datamuse – Special attention for Roxbury is on the way, says SDOT, following the push by the relatively new Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council.

  • Ann November 20, 2013 (11:40 am)

    One of my pet peeves about Seattle are the many intersections without signage or roundabouts. But I am puzzled that the city is now adding stop signs to the same intersections that already have roundabouts on 26th Ave SW. While a block away there are still intersections without ANY intersection control. How does this make sense? I’m all for controlling the traffic, but this seems like a waste of money.

  • datamuse November 20, 2013 (11:40 am)

    That is excellent news. Rock on CC! Y’all are doing good work.

  • themightrabbit November 20, 2013 (11:47 am)

    I’m sure there’s also a corresponding increase in collisions just up from the 35th and Avalon intersection, at 35th and Fauntleroy caused by the ridiculously short light for vehicles heading North on 35th. One of the worst adjustments to that intersection imaginable, the light’s short duration causes longer backups and cars have to accelerate and brake much more aggressively to get thru safely, at the same time cars coming southbound are held back turning a left safely by cars running the red. It’s a great example of poor signaling decisions by the city.

  • SG November 20, 2013 (12:25 pm)

    Totally agree with you about the light on 35th heading north past Avalon and the West Seattle bridge. Just fix that light and so much less backup would occur and then hopefully less accidents.

    Also need to fix the light at Delridge heading north onto West Seattle bridge (at Genesee). It backs up Delridge eveyr morning.

  • metrognome November 20, 2013 (3:15 pm)

    here’s the SDOT page for reporting signal timing problems, etc.

  • Marvin Jenkins November 24, 2013 (11:25 am)

    Interesting but not surprising to see that 8th and Roxbury SW is a dangerous intersection.

    It has been 4 weeks since I was in an accident there, and I thought I would try again to see if anyone witnessed this crash. The accident happened at approximately 7:30 AM 10/22 and involved my car and a pickup truck.

    Please come forth if you saw anything. It would be very much appreciated. Thx.

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