Traffic Collision Report

The city of Anaheim averages 5,004 collisions a year. Of the 5,004 collisions, 43% of them involve injury to at least one of the parties involved.

Although not crimes, traffic collisions are traumatic, life altering, and expensive. The Traffic Section's goal is to reduce traffic collision deaths, injuries, and economic losses through Enforcement, Education, and Engineering.

Infographic credit: CDC's Motor Vehicle Safety

Anaheim's Efforts to Prevent Collisions

Most accidents are preventable through the modification of human behaviors. Anaheim’s answer to prevent collisions is to take a three-pronged approach known as the “Three E’s”: Enforcement, Education, Engineering.

Enforcement

Enforcement comes in many shapes and sizes. The Anaheim Police Department takes a creative and comprehensive approach to enforcement. Enforcement locations are chosen through statistical analysis of collision data collected from collision reports. Collision data is also analyzed to determine the leading causes of collisions, also known as primary collision factors. In the last 5 years, the top primary collision factors in the city of Anaheim have been speeding, right of way violations, and improper turning.

Education

The traffic division brings traffic safety education to the City of Anaheim through many ways and on many topics.

Community Safety Booths at community events provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for interactions and to strengthen the relationship between community members and the police department. These booths also provide educational materials such as safety recommendations and equipment.

The division will conduct presentations and interactive learning events on many traffic safety topics such as, but not limited to, car seat safety, bicycle safety, and pedestrian safety.

• Bicycle rodeos are intended to teach children the correct and safe way to ride their bicycles in our city.

• Community bike rides involve community members riding alongside police officers on different routes. Prior to and after the event the Traffic Section Officers do a safety check on the bicyclists. Safety information and equipment are distributed to all riders.

• Car seat check-up events provide the opportunity for citizens to learn how to properly install car seats. These events also bring awareness to the importance of car seats and the proper fit and installation. 

Public service announcement: no one—no driver, bicyclist, or pedestrian—has sole rights to the road. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Thanks to the division's social media outreach effort, community members who use social media can also receive reminders and updates.

• Public Safety Announcements (PSAs)—bring to life real situations that the public should be aware of, such as the dangers of distracted driving and "sharrows."

• Ask a Motor Cop Facebook live—provides the community the opportunity to send in questions and interacted with Officer Spielman through social media. Officer Spielman provides traffic safety education through engaging and creative segments.

• Social media posts—infographics and reminders are posted periodically to remind commuters to be cautious.

Engineering

The third prong to the approach is engineering. This approach requires collaboration between the police department and other city departments such as traffic engineering. As mentioned, injury traffic collisions are preventable and at times, we use engineering measures as a different approach towards changing human behavior. 

Frequency of collisions at locations and the primary collision factors are analyzed and result in changes to the roadways. The installation of stop signs or speed humps to reduce vehicle speeds, along with the addition of no pedestrian crossing signs to deter pedestrians from crossing at unsafe locations, are just a few examples of what we can do in collaboration with our engineering department.

Anaheim's Collision Data in Detail

Data from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) provides more detailed breakdowns of traffic collisions in Anaheim. The first two charts look at victims of collisions, broken down by collision type. The third chart shows trends for different types of collisions. 

In both cases, the data only involves collisions resulting in injury or death. Note that the values for breakdowns of collision types are not mutually exclusive. The data here includes collisions from unincorporated areas of Anaheim.

How many people in Anaheim were victims of DUI collisions?

How many collision victims in Anaheim were outside of cars? 

How many collisions in Anaheim were hit-and-runs, night collisions, or speed-related?

About the Data

• Data for the traffic collisions in Anaheim charts was supplied by the Anaheim Police Department, for the years 2014-2018.

• Detailed data for the collisions and victims by type and DUI arrests in Anaheim was supplied by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

Additional Resources

Anaheim: Traffic & Transportation

Anaheim PD (Youtube Channel)