The previous record was set in 2014 when we had 21 traffic deaths. But, that was a whole year. Here we are sitting in September and we have already passed that number.
Earlier this year in June, the Abilene Police Department tried to help slow the trend with a “slow operation.” At the time, Abilene had already had 12 accidents resulting in 16 deaths. Unfortunately, that didn’t do much to curb this trend as we’ve had 7 more traffic-related deaths since then.
As of September 21, 2022, there have been 23 deaths from eighteen accidents in Abilene. The highest recorded number of traffic-related deaths in any given year was 21 in 2014. Our city has passed that number and there are still three months left in the calendar year. That’s an average of more than two deaths per month. (Abilene Police Department)
I have reached out to the Abilene Police Department and their Public Information Officer, Rick Tomlin, and he has provided me with some information regarding the traffic accidents that Abilene has had since the first of the year, and to find out why this tragic trend is happening.
The causes of these accidents vary. Management encourages society to lead responsibly and defensively. We can all be more responsive to traffic laws no matter where we are or where we travel. (APD)
As you can see, speed and failure to yield seem to be huge factors that made 2022 the deadliest year for traffic deaths in a single year.
The APD does its part to help reduce traffic fatalities. As mentioned, they launched Operation Slow Down earlier this year and have generally ramped up journals resulting in many citations.
APD can only do so much though. It’s up to us to make sure we pay attention when we’re driving, don’t drink and drive, and stay away from our phones. Doing so would go a long way in curbing these tragic events.
A big thank you to APD’s Media Officer, Rick Tomlin, for providing us with this information.