Perhaps it would be valuable to start the year knowing which Orange County intersections are best avoided.
To come up with this list of the 13 most dangerous, OC Weekly worked with Los Angeles-based DataScience, which helps companies such as Belkin, Sonos, JustFab and Dollar Shave Club convert raw data into “actionable insights.”
That work is for clients’ eyes only.
“The current practices for extracting and communicating insights from data are broken,” says DataScience CEO Ian Swanson. “Existing business intelligence and analytical software tools are focused on visualizing every single way you can slice data, which fails to give users a direct and precise course of action.
“Many of these tools output a barrage of key performance indicators, which are scattered in different emails, PDF reports, and dashboard visualizations. This results in wasted time and effort in trying to figure out where to focus to make impactful decisions. We designed DataScience to show customers precisely what they need to know to answer their toughest questions and to collaborate on those insights so they can quickly be put into action.”
Swanson’s company also works on pro-bono projects on the side, including this one exclusively for the Weekly on traffic collisions.
The goal of projects like this one is “to illustrate the power of data, and open data in particular,” explains Data Scientist Dave Goodsmith.
The following list is based on data from the California Highway Patrol’s statewide integrated traffic record system.
DataScience ran an analysis of the Orange County intersections with the most collisions, from November 2014 through October 2015, to come up with the 13 worst intersections.
You’ll notice Stanton takes the top two slots and has a third intersection in the mix, which would indicate it’s the worst of the worst for street drivers. (Our opener photo is from Orange County’s worst: Beach Boulveard and Chapman Avenue.)
However, Mission Viejo is home to six of the 13 worst intersections in OC, so a solid argument can be made that it’s the place where eyes on the backs of drivers’ heads would be needed most.
Other cities with intersections cracking the top 13 are Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, Lake Forest and San Juan Capistrano.
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.