Top 10 most dangerous intersections named
From staff and wire reports
June 30, 1999
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- With the heavily traveled July 4th holiday weekend approaching -- an insurance company is out with a list of intersections motorists will want to avoid.
State Farm said Wednesday that it has determined the 10 most dangerous intersections for 1998.
The intersection of Belt Line Road and Midway Road in Addison, Texas, topped the list with an estimated 263 crashes last year.
Two other Texas intersections made the top 10, as did three crossings in California. There was one each in Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Nevada.
State Farm said it compiled the list by comparing insurance claims by policyholders at thousands of street and highway intersections. The figures were then multiplied by a factor based on the percentage of cars insured by State Farm in the city where the intersections were located.
The company didn't include 20 states because it said it did not have enough data on them.
State Farm officials said data show that 32 percent of crashes occur at intersections. But Sany Zein, a traffic safety consultant to State Farm, said virtually all intersections that are crash prone can be made safer, often with low-cost and immediately available fixes.
The company offered up to $4.4 million to help study and improve the most dangerous crossings. The money would include $120,000 for each community with an intersection on the top 10 list to study and improve those sites.
Rodney Slater, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, said traffic safety is a great concern, particularly during heavily traveled holidays.
"It is estimated by the National Safety Council that between Friday, July 2, at 6 p.m. to noon on Monday, July 5, there will be 500 deaths on our roadways, and some 26,700 non-fatal crashes," Slater said. "That is a sobering statistic."
Slater said the federal government had spent more than $700 million since 1973 on high-risk intersections.
CNN's Brad Wright and Reuters contributed to this report.
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