WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Police Department responded to more accidents in 2012 than it did in any of the previous two years.
According to statistics, Wilton Police responded to 688 accidents last year. More than half of the wrecks – 435 – did not result in injuries, but 77 had at least one person injured. Two people died in wrecks in 2012. Police are still investigating a 2-car wreck on Dec. 26 where a Norwalk man was injured and died three days later.
The department responded to 143 accidents on private property, whether in a business parking lot or a private driveway – and 31 involving deer.
Police in 2011 were called to 665 accidents, with 83 resulting in injuries and two fatalities. Of the 665, 30 were car-deer incidents and 411 had no injuries. For 2010, Wilton police were called to 579 accidents, with 73 involving injuries.
Capt. John Lynch said the numbers are not out of the ordinary and he would not be surprised to see the accident totals fall next year.
“Sometimes it depends on the type of weather,” he said, noting that huge snowstorms will keep cars off the roads.
Lynch added that injuries in many wrecks are not serious. In the case of a minor rear-end wreck, a driver may sustain a sore neck or back from the impact, he said, or may suffer an injury when an airbag deploys. Safety upgrades in many vehicles have resulted in less serious injuries in rollovers, Lynch said.
The department and the Wilton Police Commission review the numbers, and if there are reports of accidents or excessive speed in some areas, they may step up monitoring and enforcement efforts in those areas.