WTVM Exclusive: Columbus' most dangerous intersections

By Laurie Bernstein - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - During the grind of everyday life, it's easy to lose focus of what's right in front of you.

When you are on the road, it's even more crucial to be aware, or you could end up in a crash.

Columbus Police Lt. Mark Starling says this year alone, there have been over 2600 accidents on city surface streets.

"It's getting to a point where it's being perceived as an epidemic. There have been 400 accidents in less than three weeks," said Lt. Starling.

So where do most crashes happen?

According to a new report just released by the Columbus Police Department, third from the top is the intersection of Beaver Run and Gateway Roads in North Columbus.

The reason: Drivers run red lights in a rush to beat the oncoming traffic.

"It's just having the patience and waiting your turn to get through the intersection," said Lt. Starling.

At number two -- Manchester Expressway and 2nd Avenue.

The problem comes mostly in the right hand turning lane, when people yield for oncoming traffic, and the person behind them can't stop in time.

"It's the number one cause, following too close. They need to put more distance between the cars in front of them," said Lt. Starling.

Beating them all out, Macon Road and Interstate 185 grabs the number one spot, mainly because of its sheer volume of traffic.

To help combat the factors like speeding and running red lights that cause accidents, police have been stepping up their enforcement, and their efforts seem to be working.

According to statistics, in 2007, there were 8,457 traffic crashes.

In 2008, there were only 8,028. Injuries and fatalities also dropped slightly from one year to the next.