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Sebastopol Road at Stony Point Road: Santa Rosa's top intersection in reported collisions. Road Warrior photo

Planning to drive through the intersection of Stony Point and Sebastopol roads in Santa Rosa? Better be careful. It again ranks No. 1 in the city for highest number of reported collisions.

The Roseland-area intersection racked up 16 collisions last year, twice that of 2011 when it tied for sixth place but down from 20 in 2010 and 19 in 2009 when it ranked No. 1 for both years.

2011′s No. 1 — Highway 12 at Mission Boulevard — fell last year to a tie for second place with Santa Rosa Avenue at Hearn Avenue, each with 11 collisions.

Each year recently, the Police Department’s traffic unit puts out a list of 25 intersections with the most reported collisions. Then each week during the year, officers in the traffic unit typically spend part of their day at one of the intersections, looking for traffic violators, with the idea of trying to make them safer.

The list of 25 is based on the number of collisions in which police took a report. If a crash was minor and the drivers didn’t seek a police report, it was not counted. And the list doesn’t factor in the number of cars going through each intersection, so the intersection where you scientifically stand the greatest chance of getting hit may be some other one. Regardless of that, these 25 intersections are dangerous and you should be careful at them.

Officer Jeff Adams, who oversees the traffic unit’s extra enforcement operation at these intersections, said he hadn’t reach any conclusion on why Stony Point at Sebastopol had so many collisions.

Here’s the list of 25:

No. 1

–Stony Point Road at Sebastopol Road, with 16 collisions. Tied for 6th in 2011 with 8 collisions. After spending just a few minutes during the lunch hour a day this week, we saw two cars run the red light and a couple turn right on red without even stopping, and that was just southbound Sebastopol. Readers have written in to say traffic violations are even worse during commute hours.

Tied for Second

–Santa Rosa Avenue at Hearn Avenue with 11. Tied for 2nd in 2011 with 13.

–Highway 12 at Mission Boulevard, with 11. No. 1 in 2011 with 18. Officers are targeting this intersection this week.

Tied for Third

–Fountain Grove Parkway at Mendocino Avenue with 10. Tied for 6th in 2011 with 8.

–Corby Avenue at Hearn Avenue with 10. Tied for 2nd in 2011 with 13.

–Mendocino Avenue at Pacific Avenue with 10. Didn’t make list in 2011.

–Cleveland Avenue at West Steele Lane, with 10. Didn’t make list in 2011.

Tied for Fourth

–Piner Road at Coffey Lane with 9. Tied for 5th in 2011 with 9.

–Guerneville Road at Marlow Road with 9. Third in 2011 with 11.

–Mendocino Avenue at College Avenue, with 9. Didn’t make list in 2011.

–West Third Street at Stony Point Road, with 9. Tied for 6th in 2011 with 8.

–Yulupa Avenue at Hoen Avenue, with 9. Didn’t make list in 2011.

Tied for Fifth

–Fulton Road at Guerneville Road with 8. Didn’t make list in 2011.

–Highway 12 at Calistoga Road with 8. Didn’t make list in 2011.

–Santa Rosa Avenue at Kawana Springs Road with 8. Didn’t make list in 2011.

Tied for Sixth

–Farmers Lane at Montgomery Drive with 7. Tied for 7th in 2011 with 7.

–Mendocino Avenue at Steele Lane with 7. Tied for 6th last year with 8.

–Cleveland Avenue at College Avenue with 7. Didn’t make list in 2011.

–Highway 12 at Jack London Drive with 7. Didn’t make list in 2011.

–Third Street at Santa Rosa Avenue with 7. Didn’t make list in 2011.

–West Hearn Avenue at Stony Point Road with 7. Didn’t make list in 2011.

–Fulton Road at Highway 12 with 7. Tied for 7th in 2011 with 7.

Tied for Seventh

–Bicentennial Way at Mendocino Avenue with 6. Didn’t make list in 2011.

–Highway 12 at Cardinal Way with 6. Didn’t make list in 2011.

–Petaluma Hill Road at Kawana Springs Road with 6. Tied for 6th in 2011 with 8.

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