In the last week, Hingham has experienced two major car crashes resulting in one man seriously injured.
However, Police Sergeant Steven Dearth stated Wednesday night that the number of accidents for the year is actually down, “I think there actually haven’t been as many crashes this year mostly due to the weather. Last year we had all the snow which keeps the speeds low but that means a lot more minor crashes.”
The Hingham Sergeant further explained that a warm winter mixed with clear roads has resulted in drivers speeding, thereby causing significant crashes when an accident does occur.
Last year, 803 crashes were documented by Hingham police. At the Traffic Committee meeting, Sergeant Dearth reported that of 30 intersections in Hingham, the rotary that connects Summer Street to Route 3A turned out the highest accident number in 2011 with 10 crashes and has proven to be a town danger zone for the last decade.
Sergeant Dearth explained the crashes have not been serious but slow-down traffic, “Majority of those crashes are minor because the speed limit is 25mph. Not everyone’s driving 25mph but still they’re reducing speed. And majority of those crashes are either entering the rotary or while they’re in the rotary.”
The Hingham Traffic Committee believes most of the crashes result from the rotary having one lane where drivers expect two when entering. Since Route 3A is the state’s responsibility, one of the committee’s recommendations to MASSDOT is to design a rotary with two lanes.