A local police chief is ramping-up traffic coverage. Leslie Stratmoen has the report.
Along with investigating current cases, right now, the Sheridan Police Department is taking a closer look at traffic issues. Chief Rich Adriaens said there are several concerns. He said Sheridan scored the worst in the state for seatbelt compliance in a survey conducted last June, and at the same time the crash rate is climbing.
So, he said, they are taking a tougher stance and mapping crashes. Also, he said, he’s taken his middle and high school resource officers, over the summer break, and placed them at two high-crash intersections – Fifth and Main and Brundage and Coffeen. They’ve also increased signage.
At this point, he said, they already know that Wednesdays are the most dangerous, with 70 crashes for the year, and from 2-4 in the afternoon, which tallied 80 in the survey. Thursdays and Fridays ran close seconds with 67 and 68 crashes and the lowest number of 39 wrecks was recorded for Sundays. In 2013, he said alcohol was involved in nearly 7 percent of the crashes, or 27 of the 403 reportable. The highest number of DUIs was recorded on Saturdays, in the early morning hours, and there were 48 crashes that resulted in injuries.