Cincinnati police plan to target dangerous driving in these specific areas

Posted at 1:44 PM, Jul 11, 2017

CINCINNATI -- After an uptick in complaints over dangerous driving and crashes, the Cincinnati Police Department plans to target specific problem areas in each of its districts, according to City Manager Harry Black.

The Traffic Crash Reduction Plan was implemented on Monday, a memo from Black said.

"Aggressive driving -- being boisterous and mean -- can lead to deadly consequences," AAA representative Jenifer Moore said.

Darren DuBois II said he tries to remain courteous and cautious. Others maybe aren't so focused.

"There's two types of drivers," he said. "'Driving Miss Daisy' or 'Gone in 60 Seconds.'"

DuBois sees drivers whip around stop signs and buses. And they aren't patient.

Specific areas were selected for "instituting a plan to reduce crashes" in each district based on traffic incident data from 2014 to 2016.

In District One, the 1800 block of Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine was identified as a hub for arrests involving drivers who are operating their vehicles while under the influence.

In District Two, police plan to target Hyde Park, Mount Lookout and Pleasant Ridge due to "complaints received at various council meetings," according to Black's memo.

"There are a lot more people in the area traveling to dinner, and especially around the 6 o'clock hour, a lot more people in Mt. Lookout Square in general, whether that's car traffic or foot traffic," said Kelsey Grassman, a neighborhood resident.

In District Three, Montana Avenue in East Westwood near Mount Airy Forest will receive attention, because "157 total accidents occurred between the 2200 and 2900 block (of Montana Avenue)," the memo said. Police cite a large number of drivers rushing to leave the city.

DuBois said it's a "choke point" as there's one lane in each direction.

District Four will watch three separate stretches of Reading Road -- in Walnut Hills, Corryville, Avondale and Bond Hill -- as problem areas due to high traffic, construction, delays, all resulting in a high number of crashes.

District Five police will watch part of Colerain Avenue that saw 29 traffic crashes and accounted for a fraction of violent crime in District Five in 2016.