Knoxville police identify "top crash" intersections

Knoxville police identify "top crash" intersections

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By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police have ranked the city's red light intersections by the number of accidents at each one from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012.

At the top of the list, with 161 traffic accidents is the intersection at Cedar Bluff and Peters Road. 137 of those were non-injury and none of them were fatal.

The top three intersections on the list all have red light cameras.

"The horrible thing about it was I was convinced I had stopped, I even remembered the day. And I contacted a friend of mine at the police department and he said just go online and look at the video and sure enough I was completely busted," said driver Joshua Gifford.

The Knoxville intersection with the second highest number of accidents in the three year time period was Broadway at 640, where there were 131 accidents. 103 of those were non-injuries; 28 did have injuries.

People driving on Broadway are also cautious of the red light cameras.

"I got a red light ticket there, so I started stopping completely whenever it's red, then going after I've made a complete stop," said driver Julie Kennedy.    

The intersection at Clinton Highway and Merchant Drive came in third on the list with 118 accidents. 30 of those had injuries, but there were no fatalities.

Drivers think that intersection could be improved by longer lights.

"A lot of people running the lights. They seem like they change fairly quickly, and a lot of people passing on through as it's turning, others are coming ahead," explained Kennedy.

No deadly wrecks took place at any of the 40 top crash intersections.

Most of the collisions in the top three were caused by one driver rear-ending another.

Nine of the top 40 intersections are along Kingston Pike.

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