Norman police cracking down on drivers near dangerous street

NORMAN, Okla. – Norman police are beefing up their presence on one of the city’s most dangerous streets, using relatively new technology that may reduce auto accidents and crime.

With the help of ‘Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety’ (DDACTS), Norman officers have identified 12th Ave. E. between Robinson and Lindsey St. as a common location for accidents and it also borders a high-crime area.

Capt. Tom Easley, with the Norman Police Department, said increasing the number of officers in that area will inevitably bring down crime rates in surrounding neighborhoods as well.

“Like killing two birds with one stone,” Easley said, adding that it’s not uncommon to have high-crime in areas where crooks can get away on streets with faster speed limits.

According to their data, from September to November last year, there were 39 accidents on 12th Ave SE near the Alameda and Lindsey intersections.

In that same time period, east of 12th Ave E., there were 22 burglary or breaking and entering crimes, as well as 22 larceny or theft from motor vehicle crimes.

In traffic, police will be looking for driving violations that are the most common causes of accidents.

Those include following too closely, improper turns, failure to clear an intersection and distracted driving.