There were 46 vehicle collisions in the unincorporated Marina del Rey during the first six months of the year, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has reported to the County Small Craft Harbor Commission.
CHP officer B. Austin told commissioners that of the 46 collisions in the Marina, 12 involved injuries and 34 involved property damage only.
Austin said that of the 46 collisions:
– 11 percent involved driving under the influence (DUI);
– 21 percent involved unsafe speed for conditions;
– 30 percent involved unsafe lane change and/or turning movement;
– 11 percent involved right-of-way violations — left-turns that failed to yield to oncoming traffic; and
– two percent involved sign and signal violations, such as failing to stop for red light signals.
The locations of the 46 collisions involved the following sites:
– 28 percent were on Admiralty Way;
– 28 percent were on Via Marina;
– 13 percent were on Lincoln Boulevard;
– six percent were on private property;
– 23 percent were on various smaller surface streets.
The report listed the time of day for the 46 collisions:
– 17 collisions occurred between the hours of 6:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. — 36 percent of 46 collisions;
– 20 collisions occurred between the hours of 2:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. — 43 percent of total collisions; and
– nine collisions occurred between the hours of 10:15 p.m. and 6:15 a.m. — 21 percent of total collisions.
The CHP report stated that there were six DUI-related collisions within the last six months, with five of those occurring between 10:15 p.m. and 6:15 a.m.
The remaining DUI-related collision occurred between the hours of 2:15 and 10:15 p.m.
There were no collisions during the last six months that involved pedestrians.
There was one auto/bicycle accident with the bicyclist at fault.
The CHP report stated that “there is a continuing problem with unsafe speed on Admiralty Way and Via Marina.
“The only real trend as to causes of collisions relates almost exclusively to these two roadways and involved unsafe speed and DUI.
“There have been several major collision injuries on Via Marina which can be directly attributed to excessive speed which has caused drivers to lose control and either overturn their vehicle, or in two cases, plunge into the harbor at the end of Via Marina and Pacific Avenue.”