Automobiles can make our lives more convenient, but in certain cases, more dangerous. Our investigative team wanted to know what roads and intersections in Lafayette see the most crashes. We analyzed date from January 2012 to October 2013 from the Lafayette Police Department
What we found out is basically what you would expect: the more cars that cross through an intersection, the more crashes there are.
"My friend was driving along and somebody hit him from behind at this intersection," Lafayette resident John Bacque said.
Kaliste Saloom and Ambassadory Caffery tops our list for having the collisions. Over about a two year span there were 152 crashes there. College Road and Johnston Street followed closely behind with 113 crashes. Also, bringing in big numbers was Evangeline Thruway from Louisiana Avenue to Willow Street where there were a total of 287 crashes.
"The biggest offender is people going through red lights on left turns," Lafayette Police Department Cpl. Paul Mouton said.
The police department said they are stationing more officers at these intersections in hopes drivers will pay closer attention and abide by the law. But this is just one step by the community.
Lafayette Parish is staking steps to combat congestion. The Director of Public Works, Tom Carroll said about 80,000 to 90,000 cars travel through this intersection of Kaliste Saloom and Ambassador every single day. The city plans to expand Kaliste Saloom from two lanes to five along the stretch at Ambassador Caffery to E Broussard Road.
If all goes as plan this project would be done by 2018.
When it comes down to it though, Paul Mouton explained that if drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, this can make all the difference.
"The bottom line is when driving a vehicle you have to drive defensively, you can't be distracted in anyway and that's going to lessen your chance of being involved in a crash," Mouton said.
Full list: Crash hot spots at intersections January 2012 to October 2013
Ambassador Caffery Pkwy near Kaliste Saloom Rd 152
Johnston St near College Rd 113
Ambassador Caffery Pkwy near Johnston St 108
Johnston St near Camellia Bvld / Rena Dr 104
Pinhook Rd near Kaliste Saloom Rd 97
Ambassador Caffery Pkwy near Robley Dr 93
W Congress St near Guilbeau Rd 84
Willow St near Evangeline Thruway 74
Ambassador Caffery Pkwy near Congress St 66
W Willow St near Ambassador Caffery Pkwy 65
Ambassador Caffery Pkwy near Settlers Trace Blvd 64
Evangeline Thruway near Johnston St 61
Ambassador Caffery Pkwy near Tucker Dr 59
Evangeline Thruway near W Simcoe St 54
Evangeline Thruway near Surrey St and University 49
Evangeline Thruway near RR Tracks 48
W Pinhook Rd near Unviersity Ave 48
Congress St near Bertrand Dr 46
Ambassador Caffery Pkwy near Verot School Rd 45
Evangeline Thruway near E Pinhook Rd 44
N University Ave near Alcide Dominique Dr 38
Evangeline Thruway near Mudd Ave 37
N University Ave near I-10 36
Evangeline Thruway near Jefferson Blvd 30