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Traffic Toll

June 24, 1989|Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich, Susan Davis Greene and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

Fewer people were killed on Orange County's city streets, roads and highways in 1988 than any year since 1984. The 270 fatalities during '88 marked an 11% decrease from 1987. Although the overall trend was down, only tiny La Palma recorded no fatalities during 1988. Indeed, La Palma has had no fatalities during any of the last five years--the only city where this is true.

Not only was Orange County's traffic toll the lowest since 1984, but it was also lower than any of the surrounding counties last year--both in absolute terms and when measured by the rate-per-thousand drivers. Here's a look at the toll, by city, for each of the last five years followed by a 1988 comparison of Orange to the four contiguous counties:

City 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 Anaheim 48 42 41 44 34 Brea 2 10 4 7 6 Buena Park 5 9 5 6 7 Costa Mesa 11 9 13 13 17 Cypress 6 2 2 1 3 Fountain Valley 9 2 3 8 2 Fullerton 9 14 14 9 16 Garden Grove 15 15 14 11 11 Huntington Beach 15 13 15 21 11 Irvine 16 10 13 14 16 Laguna Beach 1 8 1 4 1 La Habra 3 2 4 4 7 La Palma 0 0 0 0 0 Los Alamitos 0 1 2 0 0 Mission Viejo 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A Newport Beach 5 3 7 6 5 Orange 9 17 14 15 10 Placentia 1 2 5 4 3 San Clemente 5 7 2 6 3 San Juan Capistrano 4 7 4 8 4 Santa Ana 29 34 32 28 35 Seal Beach 7 7 3 7 8 Stanton 2 5 4 7 3 Tustin 5 5 8 5 4 Villa Park 1 0 1 2 0 Westminster 15 16 9 10 8 Yorba Linda 2 7 5 4 2 State Highways 15 12 23 15 14 County Roads 26 46 44 50 37 TOTAL 270 305 292 309 267

1988 FIVE-COUNTY COMPARISON

Total Rate-per-Thousand % of 5-County % of State City Fatalities Licensed Drivers Total Total Los Angeles 1,117 .20 46 22 Orange 270 .16 11 5 Riverside 293 .45 12 6 San Bernardino 372 .46 15 7 San Diego 394 .25 16 8 5-COUNTY TOTAL 2,446 .24 100 48

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Source: California Highway Patrol

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