While the closure of Angeles Crest Highway for most of this year has been a headache for commuters who relied on the mountain road, the absence of Crest traffic apparently has had a positive impact on the safety of drivers in La Cañada Flintridge.
Traffic collisions documented in the city during the first 11 months the year number 133 — less than the 169 recorded over the same period last year, and down significantly from the 202 logged January through November 2008, according to Sgt. Mark Slater of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.
One potentially major factor: fewer cars on the road.
"Traffic volumes are down because of Angeles Crest Highway being closed," said Slater. "We don't have an influx of cars in the morning and afternoon coming up over the Crest.
With Caltrans close to reopening the highway, traffic volumes in 2011 are expected to rise to previous levels. But other factors may help curb fender-benders nonetheless.