When one ponders where Peabody saw the most accidents in 2010, some might believe it was around the where there is a lot of traffic. But they would be wrong.
According to statistics, Washington and Aborn streets saw the highest number of accidents with seven, followed by Main and Washington streets, which saw five motor vehicle crashes.
Peabody Police Det. Peter Olson, a department spokesman, said the police accident statistics will be different than merit rating board, which gets their data from insurance company claims. Olson also said that while people do not always report every accident to the police, they do generally file claims with their insurance companies. The department does not have access to that information, he said.
Olson said Peabody Police look at its accident data closely to see where they can improve public safety.
“We take statistics such as these into consideration for future deployments of traffic units and dedicated patrols. The department also utilizes statistics provided by The Intelligence and Analysis Unit in Command Staff meetings, where solutions are developed and implemented based on crime trend patterns and quality of life issues.”