Unifying Alabama's Traffic Safety Efforts
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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.
Governors Highway Safety Association Praises U.S. DOT Regulatory Action

January 25, 2018

Contact: Kara Macek, kmacek@ghsa.org
202-789-0942 x140
Governors Highway Safety Association Praises U.S. DOT Regulatory Action

Statement for attribution to Governors Highway Safety Association
Executive Director Jonathan Adkins

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the Final Rule for the implementation of the national behavioral highway safety programs in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

As we review the Final Rule, it is clear that NHTSA has made numerous changes that will provide relief to states. Provisions of the Final Rule aim to streamline bureaucracy, eliminate duplicative reporting requirements and remove other administrative burdens. These improvements will allow states to focus their full attention on the implementation of lifesaving safety programs. The behavioral highway safety programs are more critical than ever given that 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, a 5.6 percent increase from 2015, and that driver error is the critical reason for an estimated 94 percent of crashes.1

The Final Rule will replace an Interim Final Rule that NHTSA published in May of 2016. At that time, GHSA and many states and safety advocates raised concerns about new administrative burdens that the regulations imposed upon states as a condition of receiving federal highway safety dollars. These burdens were not required by the FAST Act and made it more difficult for states to concentrate on efforts to advance highway safety.

GHSA thanks NHTSA, U.S. DOT and Congress for their work on the FAST Act and improvements in the subsequent regulatory action. State Highway Safety Offices are committed to a strong state-federal partnership that will lead the nation toward zero fatalities on our roadways.
TRCC Minutes November 8, 2017
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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.

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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.

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