PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state Department of Transportation prioritizes safety when determining which road projects it undertakes.
And that starts by knowing where the most dangerous intersections are located. MassDOT and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission track accidents and create a list of trouble spots.
The ratings use a weighted system. If there is a fatality at an intersection, it is given a score of 10. If the accident causes a non-fatal injury, the intersection receives five points. An accident that only causes property damage receives one point. Over a three-year period, those scores then start to show specific areas that tend to see more and more serious accidents.
Simply put, the higher the score, the higher the number and severity of accidents at that location.
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