Recently the Daily Pilot published a commentary regarding traffic along Back Bay Drive ("Close Back Bay Drive to vehicular traffic," April 22).
Its author used a set of statistics and personal observations to conclude that Back Bay Drive should be closed to vehicles. The idea of completely restricting vehicular traffic on that roadway is not new. Newport Beach has records of requests and accident record reviews going back to 1977. Many times consideration was given to prohibiting vehicles, but ultimately the decision has always been to keep full access for all users.
In the commentary, a listing of accident data was used to support the contributor's proposal. Much of that data is from a remote source called TIMS, or Transportation Injury Mapping System. The TIMS website clearly states that the data, information and documents are informational only and are not to be relied upon in any way since the data may be false, out-of-date or otherwise unreliable.