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Traffic crashes account for the greatest cost and more injuries to the general public than all crimes added together. The National Safety Council estimates the cost to the general public for each property damage and minor injury crash is $6,200.  In 2002, the Livonia Police Department responded to 4,734 traffic crashes. In reviewing the accident data over the past six years, the number of injury accidents has dropped from 833 in 2000, to 583 in 2008.  The drop in injuries may be attributable to the “Click it or Ticket” campaign where public education and strict enforcement of safety belt laws by the police appears to have made a difference.

On June 9, 2003, the Livonia Police Department in conjunction with local radio, TV, newspapers, and with support from Community Choice Credit Union, initiated a new program aimed at reducing traffic crashes in the city. In an attempt to replicate the “Click it or Ticket” campaigns success, we utilized the same techniques in our Strategic Traffic Accident Reduction (STAR) program.

The objectives of STAR are:

  • To increase police visibility to promote voluntary compliance with traffic laws.
  • To heighten awareness of traffic safety by the motoring public.
  • To form a partnership with the media and insurance companies for a more effective educational program.
  • To change attitudes of social acceptance for the disregard of traffic laws and unsafe driving behaviors.

Since the inception of this program, there has been a significant reduction in traffic crashes throughout the city.  STAR has successfully reduced crashes from 13 a day to 8 a day.

   Year   

Property

Injury   

Fatal   

  Total     

2002

4,734

2003

2,926

870

6

3,802

2004

2,649

827

5

3,481

2005

2,735

721

8

3,464*

2006

2,604

698

8

 3,310

2007

2,501

649

5

 3,155

2008

2,351

577

6

2,934

2009

2,229

614

4

2,847

 2010

2,313

654

 10

2,977

 2011

2,570

656

 9

3,235

 2012

2,516

742

9

3,267

 2013
(thru 10/31/13)

2,008

533

 2

2,543

*  In 2005, crash reports taken in our city by the State Police and Wayne
County Sheriff were added to totals.

 

We continue to monitor traffic throughout the city and strive to improve conditions.