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November 20, 2012

Traffic jams and crahes

Have you noticed how when you are turning left onto the highway there always seems to be a lot of traffic coming that you have to wait for. Ever wonder how many cars really travel on the road?  Well, here are the latest statistics from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

The average daily traffic count on highway 59 between Grove and Jay is 7,700.

An average of 10,300 cars drive over Sailboat bridge every day.  Approximately 3,400 make the trip up Highway 125 from Highway 59 to Fairland.  The count on Highway 59 between Highway 125 (Fairland turn-off) and Afton is 3,600.  The bridge going to Monkey Island sees an average of 2,500 cars each day.

Approximately 9,400 cars each day pass through Jay, while only 650 drive through Spavinaw.  More than 6,400 vehicles drive over the bridge crossing Lake Hudson at Salina every day.

Keep in mind that those numbers are the annual average daily traffic count.  We all know how much they can vary depending on the time of year and on weekends! The department of transportation could not explain why, when you are in a hurry, the guy in front of you only goes 25 miles per hour.

Of the 71,218 crashes reported in Oklahoma for a year, 4,920 were identified as involving alcohol.  The highest proportion of alcohol-related crashes was among 21-29 year olds. Even for drivers 16-20, underage for drinking, 4.7 percent were reported alcohol related.

Five percent of persons in alcohol-related crashes were either hospitalized or died versus 1.1 percent of persons in multi-vehicle crashes not involving alcohol.

Oklahoma had 564 pedestrian related crashes in 2009 and 1,406 motorcycle-related crashes.

Remember to drive safely when traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. In is an honor and a privilege to serve as your State Representative.  I can be reached at (405) 557-7415 or dougcox@okhouse.gov.

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