Evanston police say traffic accidents on Ridge Avenue dropped to just one last month from seven in the same month last year.

Sgt. Tracy Williams, who heads the department’s traffic management bureau, says officers have continued to issue tickets for speeding and other violations on Ridge at a fast clip since the City Council’s decision to lower the speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour went into effect in February.

The citation count now stands at 734 under the new speed limit, up from 465 as of March 9.

Williams says it’s really too early to tell whether the speed limit reduction will have a long-term impact on the number of accidents. but that the department plans to continue its enforcement efforts — especially against speeders along Ridge from Howard to Emerson.

Last month, Williams says, the only accident on Ridge happened at the intersection with Greenleaf Street. In March 2017 there were two at Lake Street, four at Greenwood Street and one at Greenleaf.

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Speed cut, tickets increased on Ridge (3/12/18)

Council may cut Ridge speed limit to 25 mph (2/9/18)

The most dangerous intersection in town (12/20/17)

22 wrecks this year at Ridge and Lake (12/19/17)

Ridge targeted for safety improvements (10/26/17)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Main Street needs a 25 MPH speed limit.
    Main Street from Dodge to Ridge needs the speed limit reduced to 25 MPH from 30 MPH due to much pedestrian activity near Crown Center, Washington School and Grey Park. Main Street east or Ridge has a 25 MPH speed limit.

  2. Cause and effect
    Glad to hear that accidents are down. Maybe the City should have tried the “enforcement efforts” before lowering the speed limit. Gee, maybe enforcement would help on some of the other roads mentioned in the comments.

  3. The city changed the
    The city changed the Greenwood/Ridge intersection since last March, so those wrecks aren’t attributable. Last March had 7 accidents, but all of last year had only 22.

    This is just cherry-picking stats to make a city decision that is unpopular look good. Someone should ask the city for more information than this.

    1. You’ll have to wait …

      Hi Joe,

      If you want stats for a longer period after the change went into effect … you’ll have to wait … since that time hasn’t elapsed yet.

      We do plan to follow up then.

      — Bill

      1. Severity of crashes
        More relevant statistics will be the change in the severity and number of vehicle to pedestrian crashes and the severity of vehicle to vehicle crashes.

  4. Maybe it’s just the Emerson/Green Bay intersection
    The thought of having to puzzle out that mess is so daunting that everyone is driving on some other street!

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