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Muni collisions increase, do not meet stated safety goals

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The collision rate for Muni vehicles increased last fiscal quarter, marking the first since 2009 that the agency did not meet its stated safety goals.

For the fourth quarter of this fiscal year, which runs from April through June, Muni vehicles were involved in accidents at a rate of 6.06 times per every 100,000 miles. That rate marks a 6 percent increase from the previous fiscal quarter, and a 27 percent increase from the fourth quarter of the 2009 fiscal year.

Muni has set a benchmark for 5.90 collisions per every 100,000 miles.

For the entire year, Muni collisions were up slightly from the 2009 marks, with the agency recording an accident 5.72 times every 100,000 miles, an increase from 5.46.

The 2010 totals, however, were still down from the agency’s five-year high of 6.55 collisions every 100,000 miles, which came during the 2008 fiscal year.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com