Amarillo's Most Dangerous Intersections

You probably drive through a dangerous intersection every day in Amarillo and don't even realize it. On your way to work dropping off your kids or simply going from one place to another.

NewsChannel 10's Felicia Lafuente has an in-depth look at where the most accidents take place and why. 

Accidents happen every day....  Chances are you've seen one, been in one, or even caused one. That's why every year, the city of Amarillo and the police department put together a list of the most dangerous intersections in the city to try to decrease crashes.

The intersections vary each year, but there are some that make the list again and again.

Like I-40 and Coulter, police tell us it's the area where most accidents occur but it also carries the most traffic.

Some more intersections we found that top the list I-40 and Bell, the 3300 block of Coulter, 45th and Western, and 45th and Bell.

As the list of dangerous intersections changes, so do the reasons for wrecks. The three main causes for accidents are speeding, running red lights, and drunk driving.  After finding out where the most dangerous intersections are, NewsChannel 10 went to the source of the accidents and asked the drivers themselves about these areas.

"Well, it worries because I have teenagers and one is going through school right now for a drivers license and it's really a concern," says Diana Baughman, local driver.

"A lot of people don't pay attention, it's just horrible. I've never had a wreck in my life until I moved up here," Jimmy Stillwell, Amarillo driver.

"It just worries me because people are not paying attention, safety is first, pay attention to the traffic and that might cut down on some of the accidents," says Rodney Smith, a local driver.

The city is constantly working on projects to improve the dangerous intersections throughout town such as improving the signal displays but for police it's not that easy to fix the problem.
   "We can be out there, we can raise fines, we can double them, triple them or anything like that, but unless the public has the blank disregard of other people's safety and continue to run those red lights, the speeding, or the alcohol, we're still going to have accidents," says Corporal Jerry Neufeld of the Amarillo Police Department.

The drivers we spoke with understand and say it's up to you on the road to follow some simple guidelines.
   "The most important thing as a driver, you need to pay attention."

"I think avoid cell phones when you're driving, follow the speed limits, and just keep an eye out for everybody else."

"Just got to pay attention and know your surroundings and know what's going on, just watch everybody else."

"They can pass the word. If they are riding with someone else or they know somebody that's driving bad, try to help us by telling people you know by running that red light, we just risked someone's life."

So the next time you get behind the wheel, make sure to follow those simple rules to help protect everyone on the road.