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CHP: Traffic Collisions Increase in Altadena

Collisions are up and citations are down in Altadena compared to last month, according to California Highway Patrol. See the full stats here.

California Highway Patrol released info on traffic collisions and citations in Altadena for May and June this week. Traffic collisions were up to 27 in June, compared to 21 in May. Citations fell to 39 in June, versus 64 in May. See the full stats below.

CHP Officer Kevin Denmon said at Tuesday’s Altadena Town Council meeting that two officers have been absent from the Altadena patrol area and that was the reason that citations were down in June. One officer was on leave due to a shoulder injury, and the other was serving the La Crescenta area. Now that the full force is back, Officer Denmon said that he expects citations to increase and, hopefully, collisions will decrease.

Officer Denmon said the most common causes of accidents in the Altadena area are speeding, lane changing and right-of-way violations. Slowing down, leaving earlier to allow extra travel time and paying more attention on the road can prevent accidents.

Here are the full stats provided by CHP Altadena Area:

  • June 2012 year-to-date traffic collisions: 154
  • June 2012 year-to-date citations: 429
  • June 2011 year-to-date traffic collisions: 141
  • June 2011 year-to-date citations: 383

June 2012 Breakdown

  • Traffic collisions: 27 (19 property damage only, eight minor injuries, two DUI-related)
  • Citations: 39
  • Fatalities: 0
  • DUI arrests: 1

May 2012 Breakdown

  • Traffic collisions: 21 (15 property damage only, six minor injuries, two DUI-related)
  • Citations: 64
  • Fatalities: 0
  • DUI arrests: 0

June 2011 Breakdown

  • Traffic collisions: 14 (eight property damage only, six minor injuries, zero DUI-related)
  • Citations: 30
  • Fatalities: 1
  • DUI arrests: 2

May 2011

  • Traffic collisions: 29 (19 property damage only, 10 minor injuries, one DUI-related)
  • Citations: 46
  • Fatalities: 0
  • DUI arrests: 3
SteveB July 21, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Do the Sheriffs dept. and CHP share traffic enforcement duties? My wife was cited not too long ago by a Sheriff, in what appeared to be a trap of sorts - that is, it appeared to be a planned enforcement activity, and not just a chance encounter.
Dottie Burns July 21, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Accidents could be caused by rolling through stop signs. I walk around Altadena 3 times a week and have found I,m taking my chances of getting hit because I would say half of the drivers just roll through the stop signs. The stop sign for east bound cars at New York and Pepper is really dangerous. Also, some of the stops crossing Mendocino.
Dottie Burns July 21, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Accidents could be caused by rolling through stop signs. I walk around Altadena 3 times a week and have found I,m taking my chances of getting hit because I would say half of the drivers just roll through the stop signs. The stop sign for east bound cars at New York and Pepper is really dangerous. Also, some of the stops crossing Mendocino.
Mountain Dude July 21, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Because we are not an incorparated city, the CHP is the lead on all traffic related matters. But...that does not preclude the Sheriff's from issuing traffic tickets for traffic violations they see.
SteveB July 21, 2012 at 08:50 PM
That's what I thought I why I was surprised to see the Sheriffs engaging in trap like activity. I guess I 'll have to make a point of going to one of the coffees with the captain to find out what their enforcement policies are.

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