Unifying Alabama's Traffic Safety Efforts
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TRCC
Alabama's Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC) is charged with the responsibility to coordinate all of the hardware, software and data needed to generate information that impacts either the frequency or the severity of traffic crashes. This involves a large number of agencies involved at both the state and local levels that engage in a wide range of activities throughout the traffic safety community, including collection, editing, forwarding, data entry, processing and distribution of information. More recently the impact of case management systems have come within the purview of the state TRCC.

Examples of these include the citation, which begins with the issuance of an electronic citation and proceeds through the court system to ultimately impact the driver history record. TRCC coordination activities involve the areas of crash records, emergency response and other medical records, traffic citations, roadway characteristics (construction, maintenance, traffic volumes, etc.), driver history, vehicle history and other demographic data.
Comparison of 2015 with 2011-2014 Crash Data
This Power Point presentation was given at the meeting of the Traffic Records Coordinating Committee on February 11, 2015.  It highlights major changes in crash patterns that occurred in CY2015 by comparing all of the data elements for this year with the past years.  The major findings included a major shift from rural to urban driving that has been seen over the past five years.  The major reductions of youth (aged 16-20) crashes that were seen in 2011-2014 were revered with a 15% increase in 2015.  The presentation presents four reasons for the changes: (1) more complete reporting of crashes; (2) economic factors of increased employment and a reduction in fuel prices resulting in significantly higher miles driven; (3) the demographic trend toward urban areas; and (4) over 20% increase in wet-weather crashes.  Past research has found an average increase of crashes on wet days to be over 40%, although their severity is generally lower.
Traffic Records Coordinating Committee
The coordination of this planning process is a microcosm of the overall ongoing coordination that is required to move the state ahead effectively in applying information technology to its transportation systems. The TRCC conducted a series of meetings to obtain information that was synthesized into a plan that recently obtained NHTSA funding. This effort is expected to be repeated on an annual basis, and meetings of the TRCC will be called as needed to update the plan and review its implementation.

The most significant recent product of the TRCC is the DRAFT Traffic Safety Information System (TSIS) five-year plan, which was reviewed during the Safe Home Alabama Summit.