Dublin officers posted at major intersections throughout the city this week are part of a new educational initiative to reach drivers one on one.

Dublin officers posted at major intersections throughout the city this week are part of a new educational initiative to reach drivers one on one.

In an effort to reduce traffic crashes in Dublin, bike patrol officers are handing out basic traffic safety information this week at busy intersections.

While intersection education will only last about a week, Lt. John DeJarnette said, officers will continue handing out educational information during traffic stops.

"At least, initially we'll be out there for a week and then for the warning program we'll also hand out (information) during traffic stops," he said.

This is a new campaign to try to reduce the number of traffic crashes; last year there were 923 accidents in Dublin.

The city reported 404 accidents this year through June 23. Most traffic crashes in Dublin occur from following too closely, speed, failure to control the vehicle or failure to yield the right of way, information from the city said.

"Actually we've never really tried this approach," DeJarnette said, "but one thing to know is we're constantly looking for ways to effectively complete our mission and reach objectives and one of our objectives is obviously to reduce crashes and travel safely in Dublin."

Information passed out will call attention to the leading causes of crashes in the city and other behavior to avoid behind the wheel such as distracted driving, often caused by eating, texting or cell phone use.

The number of traffic crashes in Dublin has increased over the years with the city's population, DeJarnette said. According to information from the city, there were 692 accidents in 2005, 681 in 2006, 791 in 2007 and 870 in 2008.

"We've been maintaining between 800 and 1,000 crashes every year and we've done a pretty good job at maintaining that," he said. "We always strive to have that at zero, but it's tough to keep it low because Dublin is constantly growing and there are new streets and infrastructure being built."

When compared to data from the state, Dublin does have more crashes than other central Ohio suburbs, but it also has a larger population.

Dublin, with a population of 40,519, had 747 crashes in 2009, according to state statistics. Westerville, population 37,000, had 426 and Reynoldsburg with a population of 35,000 had 538. Hilliard, with a population of 32,600, reported 562 accidents.

For more information or to receive the educational brochure, look online at Dublin.oh.us/police.