Best Practices for Advancing Safety Through Partnerships Among Law Enforcement and State Driver’s License Agencies with Universities
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UMassSafe is a multidisciplinary traffic safety research program housed in the University of Massachusetts Transportation Center in the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Working for many state and federal agencies, UMassSafe collects and analyzes crash related data, provides online data access, develops training materials and examines data quality challenges within the databases, providing recommendations for improvements.
The UMassSafe Traffic Safety Data Warehouse has been developed as a tool for maximizing the use of highway safety data. The data warehouse includes “administrative” datasets collected by state agencies and other organizations; including crash, citation, roadway inventory, etc. Currently, 14 such datasets are housed in the UMassSafe traffic Safety Data Warehouse, with over 16 years of data available. Additionally, the analysis includes linked datasets created using the aforementioned administrative databases. Crash, citation, hospital, death certificate, and roadway inventory data have been linked using advanced statistical methodologies to create a single dataset that allows analysts to consider the comprehensive crash experience; including driver behavior, crash characteristics, roadway environment, and crash.