Performance trends

Why is this measure important?

There are a lot of people who live in, work in, and visit Montgomery County, which results in a significant number of motor vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians traversing our roadways. Traffic safety has as much potential as criminal activity to cause injury or death. Analysis of all traffic data helps the department deploy resources more efficiently.

Factors contributing to current performance

Technological improvements/safety measures in automobiles could be contributing to the reduction in collisions. However, the top 10 causes of collisions in Montgomery County continue to be (in no particular order):
  • Failed to Give Full Time and Attention
  • Failed to Yield Right of Way
  • Inattentive
  • Followed Too Closely
  • Too Fast for Conditions
  • Under Influence of Alcohol
  • Failure to Drive Within a Single Lane
  • Failed to Obey Traffic Signal
  • Other Improper Action
  • Improper Lane Change

Factors restricting performance improvement

  1. Workload analysis of the department's traffic squads indicates that the current organizational structure may limit the effectiveness of traffic units to reduce the number of collisions.
  2. A majority of collisions occur during the nighttime hours, but nighttime enforcement presents challenges to officer safety (reduced visibility of the officers).

Performance improvement plan

  • The MCPD reaffirms its commitment to Vision Zero and continues to design its enforcement efforts according to the data (locations of serious/fatal collisions) and work in coordination with other County agencies to address engineering concerns.
  • Additional effort should be put into education; the MCPD and Vision Zero partners should begin working in coordination with the community so that everyone understands the rules of the road and how to keep themselves safe.