Dallas Drivers Are Causing -- Then Fleeing -- More and More Car Wrecks

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This seems about par for the course.
Earlier this month, the Dallas Police Department released figures that seemed to be encouraging for Dallas motorists. The DPD's data showed that police have been slowly scaling down on traffic tickets over the years. In the most recent fiscal year, from October 2012 until September 2013, the DPD issued 37,000 fewer tickets than the year prior.

So does that mean that we've all gotten better at driving? As it turns out, no. Data provided by the Texas Department of Transportation from the last three years suggests that Dallas drivers have gotten both worse at driving, and also a little meaner.

Streets within the city of Dallas have counted 25,429 total car crashes in 2013, a big increase from last year, and we haven't even gotten to New Year's yet. In 2012, there were 23,803 car crashes. In 2011, that number was slightly lower still, coming in at 23,343.

See also: Dallas Cops Are Writing Half as Many Tickets as They Did Five Years Ago

The numbers also paint a grim pictures of what drivers do after they hit something or someone. This year, 21 percent of crashes in the city were hit-and-runs. Again, that's a jump from last year, when just 11 percent of drivers fled the scene.

In total, TxDOT has recorded 5,388 hit-and-runs within the city limits this year, compared with 2,766 in 2012 and 2,194 in 2011.

The Dallas Police Department has insisted over the recent, ticket-declining years that police presence on the streets hasn't gone down, even though the tickets have. "We're more interested in traffic stops, not necessarily citations," Dallas Police Assistant Chief Tom Lawrence told The Dallas Morning News last year.

It's difficult to prove whether or not more traffic enforcement improves motorists' driving. A study published in July looked at data from Dallas and concluded that two days of "high intensity stationary police presence" could immediately reduce accident rates by 9 percent. Yet presence of moving police vehicles had the opposite effect, increasing the accident rate by 8.6 percent for each cop car on the road. So, parked police cars may make roads safer, but cops tailing drivers may make roads worse. Sounds about right.

Meanwhile, pedestrian and bicycle advocates say that an overall problem is that police in most major American cities still approach fatal car crashes with the mentality that it's just an accident, rather than something worthy of a murder investigation.

"Unless there's alcohol involved or somebody flees the scene, there's typically not even a ticket," says Bike Texas Executive Director Robin Stallings.

Here is TxDOT's full crash-data table:

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And here's the one for hit and runs:

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roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

Because that is the way it is done in Mexico.

moore583
moore583

They run because they don't have insurance. They don't believe in it. No auto insurance, no health insurance no insurance of any kind. Not much to insure so why bother.

tdkisok
tdkisok

I have a rule: You hit my car and flee the scene, I don't call the cops, I torch the inside of your car. You lose.

dallasdrilling.wordpress.com
dallasdrilling.wordpress.com

Since Mary Suhm's budget won't allow hiring more officers, expect it to get worse with AC Gonzales. One of my favorites is the motorist who exits from the left lane to the right exit ramp of I75 at the last minute, with not a cop in sight.

Naive_Libtard_Journo
Naive_Libtard_Journo

Amazing benefits of divershitty, libtard.  You and your "progressive advocacy journalist" scumbag pals advocated for mass latin american immigration, legal or not, and now you get to deal with the logical results.  Naive dumbass

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

so 28k wrecks reported by either DPD or the DSO when they responded to a wreck and others who sent the blue form to Austin when DPD wouldnt come out.  In my wreck last year, DPD refused to come out bc no one was hurt even though neither vehicle was driveable.  Had they come out, they would have written a ticket to the guy who went straight in turn lane and hit me while I was turning.  im sure the reason the number of tickets written is down is instances just like mine.

Lorlee
Lorlee

It's like comments to blogs -- people hit and run without any responsibility.  It's the anonymity and a general coarsening of society and being responsible. 

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

If you don't have insurance, or a license, but you do have a warrant, fleeing is the answer.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Hmmm..... What could be behind the increasing numbers of hit and runs? What could it possibly be? So puzzling......

Lorlee
Lorlee

@Naive_Libtard_JournoLike I said -- a coarsening -- as so aptly displayed by the above post.  A few facts -- the big increase in immigration is a product of NAFTA.  We decimated the small corn farmers in Mexico and they didn't have many alternatives.  So blame those people who advocated for NAFTA. 

Wilson
Wilson

@ScottsMerkin "Had they come out, they would have written a ticket..."


No they wouldn't have, quit kidding yourself.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

@LorleeYou may be onto something here.  There is also the "If I get away with it, I didn't really do anything wrong." mentality that is displayed at all levels of society, business and government.


Lakewooder
Lakewooder

It's those dirty no good drunken Irish!

rubbercow
rubbercow

NAFTA was signed by willing participants - Mexico included. The US lost many, many manufacturing jobs to Mexico because of NAFTA. The consequence, as usual for the passage of such a " free trade agreement", is the consolidation of wealth by the already wealthy while the working person either slips behind or struggles to keep up.

We have so much illegal immigration from Mexico because Mexico is a horribly corrupt State which encourages the least "capable" citizens to flee and live as squatters in another country. If you would like to make the argument that the government of Mexico does not owe its citizens a duty of care because of external abuse from the distant past then please make it.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@James080 @Montemalone I got hit by an illegal once, he pleaded with me not to call the cops, so he followed the tow truck to shop got an estimate and he paid me cash for the damage, not a bad deal.

2DollaHolla
2DollaHolla

seen a few drunken's do that at the st paddy's parade back when it was open/running till like 10pm

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Like calling the Poppy Bush Pike I90...

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