ADVANCED TUTORIAL VIDEOS:
The Connecticut Crash Data Repository (CTCDR) is a web tool designed to provide access to select crash information collected by state and local police. This data repository enables users to query, analyze and print/export the data for research and informational purposes. The CTSRC is currently creating tutorial videos to assist the user in navigating the Data Query Tool, as well as CAST (Collision Analysis Summary Tables).
We are currently conducting an observational research study pertaining to the behavior of pedestrians in order to identify safety issues and promote awareness.
MMUCC Facts Book:
CTSRC staff is currently revising the CT DOT annual report of Connecticut crash statistics to reflect the new Model Minimum Crash Criteria (MMUCC) data being collected in Connecticut. This book will be released each year as a summary of crash statistics and trends for the state.
The new MMUCC PR-1 was developed at the CTSRC under the direction of the CT DOT, with assistance of the Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC), and state and local law enforcement. The CTSRC will continue to research and implement future changes needed to the report form. Furthermore, the CTSRC will continue to research any future support documents or software applications to maintain 100% electronic crash reporting. The CTSRC will continue to support and modify the fillable PDF as needed. CTSRC Field Coordinators provide ongoing training to police officers in the understanding of this new MMUCC compliant form, with explanations of new data fields and why date elements requested are important to all data users.
In the summer of 2016, the CTSRC conducted a research survey to improve the training for motorcycle riders and increase motorcycle safety around the State of Connecticut. The CTSRC contacted every Connecticut resident who participated in the CT Rider Education program and requested they participate in an online survey which focused on motorcycle safety education and how to improve safety for our residents. The CTSRC is now reviewing and analyzing the responses collected.
Commercial/Heavy Truck Training for the CT PR-1 (FMCSA):
This continuing training focuses on improving data collected by CT Police Officers in the course of investigating Commercial/Heavy Truck crashes throughout the state. The training consists of a classroom presentation designed to familiarize the officers with what information should be gathered and documented on the CT PR-1. The class also offers a “hands-on” portion, where the officers are able to interact with large vehicles and observe where to obtain the information needed to complete the CT PR-1. Participants who have successfully completed this training course have earned POSTC Continuing Education credits
UConn will develop technologies to assist officers in collecting timely, accurate, and complete data in the field.
Crash Data Recorder (CDR) Training:
The Connecticut Department of Transportation has awarded the University of Connecticut a grant to assist Law Enforcement with collision investigations. UConn will purchase two complete sets of Bosch EDR tools, including all available cables. The University will also facilitate the training of sixty officers as Certified CDR Technicians at no cost to the officer’s agency. This equipment and training will allow for the collection of more complete and comprehensive crash data, allowing widespread implementation and access to EDR data, providing a comprehensive snap shot of the vehicle activity throughout the entire crash experience; pre-crash, crash, and post-crash. By collecting and analyzing the details provided by EDR-equipped vehicles, Law Enforcement have an unprecedented opportunity to increase the understanding of interactions between the vehicle, roadway environment and driver through detailed unbiased information from hundreds of serious and fatal motor vehicle collisions each year.
Safety Analysis Team:
The Safety Analysis Team of CTSRC was established in the summer of 2016. The mission is to implement the six-step cycle of safety management process defined by the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) which include network screening, diagnosis, countermeasure selection, economic appraisal, project prioritization, and safety effectiveness evaluation. The goal for Connecticut is to create a state-of-the-art transportation safety analysis system and to distinguish Connecticut as a national leader in crash data collection and safety analysis. Since July 2016, the team has been working on the following:
- Collecting and assembling data required,
- Exploring data gaps and challenges,
- Creating Connecticut roadway intersection inventory and segments following the HSM requirements, and
- Developing tools which include
- the MAP-based improved SLOSSS (Suggested List of Surveillance Study Sites) application for network screening,
- Crash Visualization Tree tool to identify the trending characteristics (e.g., facility type, weather contributor, etc.) of focus crash types, and
- Collision Diagram application which will be used to automatically generate collision diagrams that are to visually display the accident history at intersections or roadway segments.