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Some intersections really are accident traps

October 01, 2014 - 11:30 AM

KELOWNA - Kelowna and Lake Country RCMP have pointed out a number of high-risk collision intersections in an effort to reduce the number of crashes at these locations.

"You could pick out almost any intersection in the Central Okanagan and find that it has been the scene of at least one motor vehicle collision," RCMP Const. Kris Clark says in a media release. "No matter what the factors might be, most crashes within the city tend to occur at or near some type of intersection — a number of which seem to see more than others."

While police conduct daily road checks and roving enforcement operations in an attempt to reduce the number of crashes at these locations, Clark says it ultimately comes down to all road users sharing the road safely. Tailgating, speeding, attempting to beat a yellow light are examples of aggressive driving behaviours that often contribute to accidents. As well, drivers who use electronic devices while at the wheel can't watch the road as carefully.

The top high collision intersections are: 

-   Spall Road and Harvey Avenue
-   Spall Road and Enterprise Way
-   Enterprise Way and Cooper Road
-   Highway 33 and Highway 97
-   Highway 33 and Rutland Road North
-   Springfield Road and Gordon Drive
-   Springfield Road and Cooper Road
-   Springfield Road and Dilworth Drive
-   Glenmore Road and Kane Road
-   Glenmore Road and High Road

Lake Country
-   Highway 97 and Beaver Lake Road

West Kelowna
-   Highway 97 and Boucherie Road

While the intersections on the list may be scenes of a greater number of accidents, Clark says the reality is that all intersections provide an opportunity for crashes to occur.

"It may seem simple, but even when there are traffic lights telling us what we need to do, things often go wrong," Clark says.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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