Recent data from Suwanee Police show that the city's most troublesome intersections have a familiar look.
For 2012 year to date, the city's five most dangerous intersections were:
- Peachtree Industrial Boulevard/McGinnis Ferry Road;
- Peachtree Industrial Boulevard/Suwanee Dam Road;
- Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road/Satellite Boulevard;
- Peachtree Industrial Boulevard/Moore Road;
- I-85 South exit ramp/Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.
PIB at McGinnis Ferry regularly shows up on police "hot sheets" as being the one with the most accidents and traffic violations.
Suwanee Police use the traffic data to deploy their patrol vehicles.
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For all of 2012, the most common violation at all the problem intersections was following too closely, police noted. Also, turning and yielding the right of way was a problem.
Police figures show that accidents through October 2012 were up 9.4 percent (964 to 881) from the same period in 2011.
One intersection missing from the top 5 was McGinnis Ferry Road at Scales Road, which was the scene of a recent double-fatality traffic accident. Police Chief Mike Jones noted that this intersection was accident-free from January 2011 until November 2012, when two accidents occurred.
Because of the recent fatality, which has stirred the sentiment of residents in the area, Suwanee Police plan to hold a traffic-safety checkpoint as reinforcement for motorists to "abide by the law."
The police investigation into that fatal head-on crash has not been completed. Initial reports say that one vehicle crossed the center line at a break in the median and collided with the other. This intersection does not have a traffic light, and also sits at the crest of a hill, which limits visibility.