Thank you to all who attended our
44th Annual Traffic Records
Forum in Austin, Texas

SESSIONS BY DAY

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Presentations

Abstract

This presentation will give an overview of the processes used by LSU’s Highway Safety Research Group in creating a tool which can be used for the estimation of the five Safety PM Final Rule performance measures at the MPO level. We will discuss GIS processes including crash map spotting and VMT estimation, the SQL process flow used in the assignment of crashes to an MPO area, and the overall layout and design process of the target planning tool.

Speakers

David Whitchurch | Business Analytics Manager | Highway Safety Research Group

David received his M.S., Analytics degree from Louisiana State University and works at LSU’s Highway Safety Research Group where his job includes developing, updating, and maintaining data analytics applications and reporting services solutions.

Bethany Campbell | GIS Analyst | LSU – Highway Safety Research Group

Bethany Campbell received her degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. Since 2013 she has worked as a GIS Specialist for the LSU Highway Safety Research Group. Her work at HSRG involves GIS mapping and the development of various crash data visualizations to help agencies across the state understand and identify their crash statistics and problematic crash locations.

Jeannine Childers | | LSU – Highway Safety Research Group

Jeannine Childers is an outreach coordinator for the Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Her goal is to support stakeholders served by Louisiana State University’s Highway Safety Research Group. Jeannine received her MBA degree from LSU-Shreveport and has a diverse background which includes roles in business consulting and operations management. Her current role at HSRG includes communicating data needs to various stakeholders, strategic planning, and project management.

Abstract

The State of Alabama has achieved 100% electronic crash (eCrash) reporting. Complete eCrash reporting allows near real-time analysis for various stakeholders. The Alabama SAFETY Portal supports these stakeholders with differing information needs providing, for example, Hotspot Analysis, data analysis, state property damage reports, and various federal reporting needs. The Alabama SAFETY Portal users include state DOT; city/county Engineers; regional and metropolitan planning organizations; local/state law enforcement; AL Office of Highway Safety. This presentation demonstrates the many analysis, visualization and reporting features available to the different users. The visualization component will highlight map-based Hotspot Analysis.

Speaker

Jesse Norris | Project Manager | Center for Advance Public Safety/Univ. of Alabama

Jesse Norris is a Project Manager at CAPS on the University of Alabama campus. Jesse currently provides in-depth data analysis for the state of Alabama. Traffic and crash data has been his specialty for the past 10 years. He conducts yearly programs, crash facts books, and specialized training for state and local agencies. He is a published co-author for his work with Trends in Alabama Teen Driving.

https://www.nhtsa.gov/mmucc-1 

MMUCC Guideline 

This working session will update the rollout of the MMUCC 5th Edition, discuss a large array of proposed changes and technical edits in preparation for the 6th Edition, discuss implementation successes/challenges for the Dynamic Data Element “DV1. Motor Vehicle Automated Driving System(s)”, and provide an update on FMCSA’s adoption of MMUCC.

Speakers

Sarah Weissman Pascual | Program Analyst | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Jenny Guarino | Statistican | Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

John Siegler | Highway Safety Specialist | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

abstract

The Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of EMS recently conducted a study of crashes involving public safety service (PSS) vehicles in Ohio from 2016-2018.
Methods: The extracted data included information on weather, road, crash location, driver/unit error, driver distraction, injury severity, fatality, and response mode.
Findings: 7,959 traffic incidents involved PSS vehicles in 2016-18. All types of PSS vehicles incurred the majority of their crashes in clear weather conditions, on dry road conditions, at non-intersections, and during non-emergent responses. The long-term goal of this study is to raise awareness, to improve the teaching of skills necessary to operate PSS vehicles, and to reduce the frequency of these crashes.

speakers

Sue Morris | Trauma Data Manager | Ohio Department of Public Safety

Sue Morris is an EMS and Trauma Data Manager for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS, beginning her state career in 2004. She began public service in 1986 as a volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician and became a Paramedic in 1989. She has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a focus on Systems Management from Malone University.

Jamie Doskocil | Chair, Traffic Records Coordinating Committee | Ohio Department of Public Safety

Jamie Doskocil serves as the Chair of the Ohio Traffic Records Coordinating Committee under the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Jamie has a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) from The Ohio State University, John Glenn College of Public Affairs and has worked for more than 19 years in the public sector, including the Ohio General Assembly and the Ohio Office of the Attorney General.

Tom Gwinn | Administrative Officer | Ohio Department of Public Safety

Tom Gwinn graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the Ohio State University in June 1990 and entered into the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Academy in May 1991. Tom retired as a Sergeant with OSHP in June 2006. After retirement, he was re-employed with the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) at the Division of EMS. December 2016, Tom assumed his current role as the Traffic Statistics & FARS administrator with the OSHP. Tom directly supports the department’s Safer Ohio mission initiative e.g. direct all activities involving key entry of crash report documents for multiple mainframe environments; work closely with the Statistical Analysis Unit to ensure fatal crash data is identical in both the federal & ODPS databases.

abstract

This presentation cover the AEGIST project that aims to help improve the All Roads Network of Linear Data (ARNOLD) as the authoritative, national highway network basemap to serve a multitude of business units. For safety, the project seeks to standardized practices for managing and integrating safety data across State and local agencies by insuring States have a uniform, all public road base maps for geolocation of crash, roadway (MIRE-FDE), and traffic counts to support safety analysis and evaluation capabilities. FHWA is leveraging ARNOLD for HEPGIS (Planning’s online GIS program), project level analysis, NHS, Performance Based Planning, Transportation Demand Modeling Programs, the NHPN (National Highway Planning Network) and others.

speakers

Joseph Hausman | Senior Transportation Systems Planner | Federal Highway Administration

Joe Hausman Has a BA degree in geography (GIS) and master’s degree in City and Regional Planning both from The Ohio State University. Joe Has worked over 30 years in the public sector, first he spent 5 years as a Transportation Planner at the Franklin County Engineers Office (Columbus Ohio). Following the local government stint, Joe was the Roadway Information Manager for The Ohio Department of Transportation (Columbus, Ohio) for seventeen years. For the past 9 years Joe has worked at FHWA headquarters in Washington, DC, the first 7 years on the HPMS team in the Office of Policy, and for the last 3 years as a senior community planner in the Office of Planning.

Stuart Thompson | Transportation Specialist | Federal Highway Administration

Abstract

Connecticut has developed a citation processing system which is electronic from issuance to adjudication. Infractions processed through this system are disposed and attached to the driver history record 35% faster that their paper counterparts, which means conviction information is available to law enforcement 13 weeks faster than in the previous system. The online adjudication system also offers the ability to send Highway Safety Messaging in the form of public service announcements for a variety of charges.

Presenters

Stacey Manware | Deputy Director | Connecticut Judicial Branch

Stacey Manware is the Deputy Director of Centralized Services for the Connecticut Judicial Branch. Attorney Manware is responsible for the oversight of Connecticut’s Magistrate Program, Statewide Records Management, and the Centralized Infractions Bureau which processes all criminal and motor vehicle infractions and payable violations in the State. In collaboration with state and local law enforcement, she developed and implemented electronic citation in Connecticut. In 2018, in collaboration with the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, she deployed on-line adjudications of infractions statewide.

Jennifer Barry | Assistant State’s Attorney | Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice

Jeffrey Booth | Sergeant | Stamford Police Department

Sgt. Jeffrey Booth is a 22 year veteran of the Stamford Police Department. He is currently assigned to the patrol division as a patrol supervisor and is also the supervisor and lead reconstructionist of the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad, which investigates all fatal and serious injury motor vehicle collisions that occur in the City of Stamford. Over the past 22 years Sgt. Booth has been assigned to the Patrol Division, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and was one of the first officers chosen to be assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Unit when it was reinstated from a 15 year hiatus.

Richard Colangelo | State’s Attorney | Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice

Richard J. Colangelo, Jr. is the State’s Attorney in the Judicial District of Stamford / Norwalk. Attorney Colangelo joined the Division of Criminal Justice in March 1993 and was appointed State’s Attorney July 1, 2015. He has prosecuted all types of major felony cases. He formed the Technical Investigations Unit of Southwest Connecticut, a regional task force of 9 police departments that pools resources to examine computers and mobile devices. Throughout his career he has specialized in cases of child exploitation, both severe physical and sexual abuse, and child sexual exploitation cases involving the internet. He piloted the online disposition program for infractions for the State in his jurisdiction.

Brian Pichnarcik | Deputy Chief | Cheshire Police Department

Brian Pichnarcik is the Deputy Chief of Police for the Cheshire Police Department. In this role, he oversees Administration, Operations, and Support Service Divisions.
Deputy Chief Pichnarcik was appointed to the CPD on September 2, 1994. During his tenure he has served in the Traffic Unit as a Traffic Crash Reconstructionist, and later led that Unit as a Lieutenant Commander. Deputy Chief Pichnarcik is a long standing member of the State of Connecticut Traffic Records Coordinating Committee.

abstract

Intersections are a critical element of any roadway traffic data system required to support mapping and analysis of crashes and citations. This presentation describes the method developed to programmatically build a geospatial intersection database for the State of Florida to support Signal Four Analytics, a statewide web-based analytical system that integrates roadway, crash and citation data. The presentation covers the inherent challenges and solutions of dealing with a large roadway map of over 1.8 million links that uses a dual-carriage way model and with intersections of various configurations and turning lanes. The presentation includes solutions for handling intersection updates as the roadway database changes over time.

speaker

Marni Fowler | Research GIS Analyst |Geoplan Center at the University of Florida

Marni Fowler is a research GIS analyst and geospatial developer at the Geoplan Center at the University of Florida. She has extensive experience in building mapping and analytical systems for traffic safety in the State of Florida.

abstract

Safety Network Screening was conducted for arterial/collector intersections in the city and surrounding area of Madison, Wisconsin. A total of 4,062 intersections were evaluated. The Equivalent Property Damage Only (EPDO) index was used as safety performance measure to identify and rank roadway facilities for potential safety improvements. Wisconsin CODES data were used to estimate jurisdiction specific intersection crash costs by crash type and severity Following the Highway Safety Manual guidance, the EPDO with Empirical Bayes adjustments was implemented to account for regression to the mean and crash severity. Intersections were ranked according to the magnitude of the EPDO index to identify sites with potential for safety treatment.

speaker

Andrea Bill | Associate Researcher | U.W. Madison TOPS Lab

Andrea Bill is a Traffic Safety Engineering Research Program Manager at the Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory and Faculty Associate at Engineering Professional Development at UW-Madison. Her current research incorporates aspects from traffic safety and operations, with a specific emphasis on discovering new and innovative ways to analyze traffic crashes.

ABSTRACT

The Acadiana Planning Commission has built a regional data governance group to maintain and integrate roadway data characteristics to use in safety project development. By working with Louisiana DOTD’s existing data sources, the planning commission has formed working relationships with a diverse group of local stakeholders, from public works officials to tax assessors to 911 commissions, to develop and maintain a robust catalog of local roadway data elements to use in safety project development. As part of this effort, the Planning Commission staff is developing a crowdsourcing interface for public works agencies who do not have GIS licensing or training to upload changes in the roadway characteristic data on their local system.

speakers

Ashley Moran | Planner II | Acadiana Planning Commission

Ashley Moran is a transportation planner with the Acadiana Planning Commission. She graduated with a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of New Orleans in 2005 and received her certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2007. Ashley primarily works in data analysis and project development for the Acadiana MPO.

Phillip Breaux | GIS Analyst | Acadiana Planning Commission

abstract

States are working to collect safety data on all public roads for safety analysis and evaluation. This presentation will highlight case studies and ongoing research on the collection and estimation of safety data (MIRE-FDE) on non-state roads for integration into state data systems.

speaker

Stuart Thompson | Transportation Speciliast | FHWA

abstract

This presentation describes efforts to identify focus crash types, focus facility types, and associated crash contributing factors to inform applications of systemic safety improvements. Systemic safety improvements—when selected and targeted appropriately—provide an opportunity to proactively reduce crashes. The objectives of this research are to (1) select reliable and applicable data resources, statistical methodologies, analysis procedures, and tools, (2) conduct data analysis to identify and validate focus crash types and facility types and their contributing factors, and (3) identify potential low-cost safety strategies that may effectively be used as systemic safety improvements. HSIS data from WA, CA, and OH, were used.

speakers

Roya Amjadi | Highway Safety Research Engineer | FHWA

Raghavan Srinivasan | Associate Director for Engineering and Data Sciences | UNC

abstract

Combining GIS, crash data and analytics in a web based application assisting transportation engineers to identify and analyze road segments. The application replaces disparate manual processes by providing all necessary information in a single portal.

speaker

Mark Verret | IT Manager | LSU Highway Safety Research Group

abstract

Traditional static infographics have been used to benefit behavioral programs and outreach opportunities within highway safety efforts including, but not limited to, social media, education, data presentations, leadership groups, and driving schools. Adding interactivity to these infographics provides an additional means of engaging target audiences.

speakers

David Whitchurch | Business Analytics Manager | Highway Safety Research Group

David Whitchurch received his M.S., Analytics degree from Louisiana State University and works at LSU’s Highway Safety Research Group where his job includes developing, updating, and maintaining data analytics applications and reporting services solutions.

Jeannine Childers | SHSP Outreach Coordinator | LSU – Highway Safety Research Group

Jeannine Childers is an outreach coordinator for the Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Her goal is to support stakeholders served by Louisiana State University’s Highway Safety Research Group. Jeannine received her MBA degree from LSU-Shreveport and has a diverse background which includes roles in business consulting and operations management. Her current role at HSRG includes communicating data needs to various stakeholders, strategic planning, and project management.

Nicholaus Hutchinson | Student Worker | LSU – Highway Safety Research Group

Nicholaus Hutchinson is beginning his junior year studying Business Analytics in the College of Business at LSU. He is a member of Delta Sigma Pi, Chevron Leadership Academy, and Adobe Ambassadors. He is currently a student worker at the Highway Safety Research Group within the Business Intelligence area, putting his skills in analytics and graphic design to good use.

abstract

The University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Medicine receives funding from multiple agencies to pursue acquiring secondary traffic records data to create a unique statewide database. Currently, crash records and trauma registry records are linked (years 2005-2017) which includes information such as injury, outcomes, and economic data. This presentation will review the origination and evolution of this database, challenges in achieving data sharing across multiple partners, data-set limitations, and future directions. Examples of practical data analyses generated to inform injury prevention and advocacy initiatives will be provided. The goal is to share useful information with other states seeking to create similar linked databases.

speakers

Laura Gryder | Project Director | UNLV School of Medicine

Deborah Kuhls | Professor of Surgery | UNLV School of Medicine

Samantha Slinkard | Research Assistant | UNLV School of Medicine

abstract

As an FHWA Every Day Counts (EDC) 4 innovation, Data-Driven Safety Analysis (DDSA) provides practitioners with the latest generation of crash and roadway analysis tools to reliably predict the safety impacts of project decisions. This allows agencies to target investments with more confidence, and reduce severe crashes on their roadways.

This presentation will overview the DDSA innovation and highlight noteworthy practices in applying DDSA throughout the project development process (planning, environment/alternatives analysis, design, and construction, operations and maintenance) over the last three years, sharing examples from both State DOTs and local agencies.

speakers

Betsey Tramonte | Highway Safety Specialist | FHWA – LA Division

Jerry Roche | Transportation Specialist | Federal Highway Administration

abstract

FHWA’s Highway Safety Information System (HSIS) project team is developing an interactive geospatial platform of transportation safety data in Charlotte, NC. This platform provides researchers and educators access to high-quality and integrated safety data in a format that allows users to view available datasets and download relevant data that apply to their individual research question. This tool will demonstrate the value of integrating traffic, roadway, crash, multimodal, and socioeconomic data and presenting it in a readily accessible platform. This approach reduces the burden on researchers and has the potential to greatly streamline the data collection and integration process.

speakers

Yusuf Mohamedshah | Research Highway Safety Specialist | FHWA

Yusuf has a Masters degree from Virginia Tech and a Bachelors degree from Mumbai University in Civil Engineering. Yusuf’s FHWA career involves being a member of Safety Data and Analysis Team, which works to increase highway safety by improving safety data and expanding capabilities for analysis and evaluation of SHRP2 NDS and RID databases. His primary efforts are focused on setting up Safety Training and Analysis Center (STAC) at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. Yusuf also manages FHWA’s Motorcycle Safety Program. Yusuf has 30+ years of experience working and managing highway safety databases.

Ian Hamilton | Transportation Planner | VHB, Inc.

Abstract

Determining “Accountability” in Crashes
The Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) and Motor Vehicle CCS examined over 6,000 fatal and injury crashes. Data was collected through crash reports, documents, and interviews. A critical event — vehicle action or inaction that made the crash inevitable — was coded and assigned to one vehicle involved in each crash. Conducting investigations like these is impossible for every crash. But a test conducted with a sample the LTCCS crashes found that the coding for the critical event was the same in a large majority of the cases just from examining the police accident reports. Determining the “accountability” of crashes will allow the FMCSA to better focus on unsafe truck and bus companies.

Speaker

Ralph Craft | FMCSA – Retired

Ralph Craft holds a PhD in Political Science from Rutgers University. Dr. Craft has:
-Served in the United States Peace Corps in Ecuador;
-Consulted with state legislatures in on evaluation of government programs; and
-Worked as a transportation lobbyist and researcher for several associations in Washington, DC.
In 21 years with the FMCSA of the USDOT Dr. Craft:
-Published annual reports on truck and bus crash statistics;
-Initiated and managed the Large Truck Crash Causation Study and the Bus Crash Causation Study; and
-developed a methodology for assigning accountability to motor carriers for over 100,000 annual truck and bus crashes to allow FMCSA to better focus its crash countermeasures efforts on unsafe motor carriers

Connecticut Roadway Safety Management System (CRSMS) I zip

abstract

The Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center (CTSRC) is developing a data-driven roadway safety management system for Connecticut DOT. The system is a web-based application that implements the Highway Safety Manual methods. In this presentation we will demonstrate the network screening module, the diagnosis module and the data management module that our team have developed. The network screening module integrates maps and allows identifying locations with the highest potential for safety improvements. The diagnosis module includes a variety of tools – crash map, tabular data, summary statistics, crash trees, collision diagrams, and site condition view – for users to identify potential factors that contribute to the crash patterns.

speakers

Shanshan Zhao | | CTSRC

Eric Jackson | | UConn

Kai Wang | | UConn

abstract

The modal executives of DOT’s Traffic Records Coordinating Committee want to hear from you! Please bring your questions, and comments to this informal discussion session with representatives from FHWA, FMCSA, NHTSA, and OST.

speaker

Luke Johnson | Special Assistant | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

abstract

Electronic Data Transfer (EDT) is a method for states to voluntarily electronically submit their crash data to the US Department of Transportation (US DOT). The session will initiate with a brief discussion of what EDT is and how it can be used to improve communication between the State and US DOT. Washington State’s Traffic and Safety Commission’s Research and Data Division will discuss how EDT has been used and why the state decided to support this communication platform with NHTSA and US DOT. The State will discuss ongoing improvements to the data use and integration processes within the operational components. The presentation will conclude with a showcase of States currently supporting EDT or planning on implementation.

speakers

Michael Frenchik | Division Chief | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Staci Hoff | | Washington Traffic Safety Commission

aBSTRACT

The New York State (NYS) CODES links crash report and hospital data related to motor vehicle (MV) crashes. There are gaps in knowledge on driving under the influence of alcohol plus other substances. A bivariate logistic regression model assessed the association between being Killed or Severely Injured (KSI) and polysubstance impaired driving. From 2012-2014, there were 122 polysubstance related MV crashes in NYS. In this analysis, 22,052 drivers were classified as KSI. Drivers who were polysubstance impaired had 4.5 greater odds of being KSI compared to drivers who were not known to be polyimpaired while in a MV crash. This analysis suggests that polyimpaired drivers have a higher likelihood of being KSI in a MV crash.

SPEAKER

Emilia Pawlowski | Research Scientist I | New York State Department of Health 

Emilia Pawloski is a Research Scientist in the Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention, in the New York State Department of Health. Her work includes data support to several injury surveillance projects and research, including the linkage of the Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES). She received her MS in epidemiology from the University at Albany School of Public Health and is currently working toward her PhD in epidemiology.

Abstract

This study focused on developing crash modification factors for two countermeasures that show promise for improving pedestrian safety: protected or protected/permissive left-turn phasing, and leading pedestrian intervals (LPIs). Data were acquired from four cities. The Empirical Bayes (EB) before-after study design was applied to estimate the change in expected crash frequency for crashes following treatment. The protected left-turn phasing evaluation showed a benefit in reducing vehicle–vehicle injury crashes, but did not produce statistically significant results for vehicle–pedestrian crashes. The LPI evaluation showed a statistically significant reduction in vehicle–pedestrian crashes with an estimated CMF of 0.87.

Speaker

Carol Tan | Team Leader, Safety Data & Analysis | Federal Highway Administration

Raghavan Srinivasan | Associate Director for Engineering and Data Sciences | UNC

abstract

This SQL / Tableau-powered dashboard contains near-to-live interactive information on fatal and serious injury crashes on Tennessee roadways for the current and previous years.
Crash data is updated on a daily basis and can be filtered/sliced by a wide range of factors, including time/location related factors, environmental factors, driver factors, etc. In addition to visual filtering, the data can be saved in popular spreadsheet and text formats for being used by other applications (eg Excel).

speaker

Patrick Dolan | State of Tennessee

abstract

This workshop will address challenges identified in the second safety data capabilities assessment.
• Capabilities Assessment
• Data Governance & Integrations – Case Studies and Solutions Learned
• Performance Management – PM Predictive analysis – Crash Modifications and Benefit Costs

Speakers

Stuart Thompson | Transportation Specialist | FHWA, Presently working as a Transportation Specialist for FHWA Office of Safety. Previously experience includes NH Safety Engineer and Asst. Director of Utah LTAP. Professional Engineer in NH, education includes MS Engineering and MBA. Managing projects in Safety Data Management, Integration, Data Business Planning and estimation of traffic volumes on non-federal aid roads.

Bob Scopatz I VHB

abstract

Come and see the new updates to Community Maps. A tool that helps analysts, public, law enforcement, and engineers examine all the crashes in Wisconsin. The crashes are available the day after they are transmitted. We are constantly reviewing for data quality and accuracy.

Speaker

Andrea Bill | Associate Researcher | U.W. Madison TOPS Lab, is a Traffic Safety Engineering Research Program Manager at the Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory and Faculty Associate at Engineering Professional Development at UW-Madison. Her current research incorporates aspects from traffic safety and operations, with a specific emphasis on discovering new and innovative ways to analyze traffic crashes.

abstract

In Indiana, alcohol-impaired collisions have decreased by 174 from 2013 to 2018, although, research suggests that there were 4 more fatalities due to alcohol impaired collisions in 2018 than 2013. Though there has been a decrease in alcohol-impaired collisions little is known about other impaired collisions. There is a lack of exploration on collision data related to differing types of impaired driving. To address this gap, ICJI analyzed all impaired collisions and how they changed over a six year period (2013-2018). Below is the tableau visualization link.
https://datavizpublic.in.gov/views/DifferencesinImpairedCollisions2018v2013/Story1?iframeSizedToWindow=true&:embed=y&:showAppBanner=false&:display_count=no&:showVizHome=no.

speaker

Elizabeth Farrington | Research Manager | Indiana Criminal Justice Institute

Has been a researcher with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute for a little over two years. I mostly work with traffic safety data and perform research for the Traffic Safety Division. Recently I have working on taking our collision data and putting it into tableau visualizations for the grant managers and police officers so they can understand and interact with their data.

abstract

Horizontal curves present serious safety concerns since curves have a higher fatality rate than tangent roads. However, studies of curve crashes have been limited, due to lack of comprehensive curve dataset. The recent development of a statewide curve dataset has created the opportunity to examine broad curve safety in Florida. This study analyzed curve crashes and explored statistical machine learning methods to develop safety performance functions for curves. The study examined risk factors including traffic volume, demographics, roadway and curve characteristics and spatial relation of curves to intersections. The results outline high-risk locations and countermeasures for safety improvements on curves.

speakers

Xingjing Xu | | University of Florida

Sivaramakrishnan Srinivasan | Associate Professor | University of Florida

abstract

This presentation will cover how WYDOT developed their intersection inventory, and what they’re doing with it.
It will cover the following aspects of how WYDOT has proceeded with the intersection inventory:

* Design it – the data model, considerations, MIRE
* Build it – Generating the list, populating with field data, assigning facility types,
* Use it – Assigning crashes, ranking & rating, HSM modeling, etc.
* Evolve it – What are some of the potential steps
The goal is to give participants a good idea of why they should consider developing an intersection inventory, and how they might go about it.

speaker

Joe McCarthy | Traffic Records Project Manager | JDI Consulting, LLC

abstract

Do you know how many impaired male drivers, age 25 to 30 years old, crashed at intersections last year? The Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute is using Microsoft Power BI, a data visualization software, to explore and answer questions like this. This is an interactive and innovative platform that allows researchers to visualize and investigate crash data. It is an effective way to share data, promote consistency between projects, facilitate quick and easy access to commonly requested crash statistics, and is a useful tool for making presentations. Come SEE what’s in the data.

Speaker

Marcie Perez | Associate Transportation Researcher | Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Marcie Perez is an Associate Transportation Researcher at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Ms. Perez has more than 20 years of experience in process review, policy and procedural development, data analysis, and technology implantation. Ms. Perez holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology and Master of Education in Educational Psychology. Her current work includes crash data analysis, database management, form and survey development, and technical support to TTI researchers with regard to Texas crash data. Ms. Perez is TTI’s primary resource for obtaining and utilizing TxDOT’s Crash Record Information System data.

abstract

Michigan’s quality control initiatives have developed into an established program with measurable benefits. Critical data elements must be identified to drive your state’s quality control efforts. Michigan will show detailed examples of critical data elements and how quality control is performed to improve these areas. Attendees will be provided with a guide, highlighting Michigan’s quality control efforts.

speakers

Sydney Smith | Manager, Traffic Crash Reporting Unit | Michigan State Police – Criminal Justice Information Center

Sydney Smith has been with the Michigan State Police for over 25 years. Ms. Smith is responsible for managing unit personnel as well as the statewide crash repository, the Traffic Crash Reporting System (TCRS) database.

Scott Carlson | Sergeant – UD-10 Trainer | MSP 

Scott Carlson has been with the Michigan State Police for over 24 years. Sgt. Carlson is currently assigned to the State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit as the statewide training coordinator for the UD-10 Traffic Crash Report.

Amanda Heinze | Crash Specialist | MSP

Amanda Heinzehas been with the Michigan State Police for 15 years. She is currently a Specialist in the Traffic Crash Reporting Unit and provides statistics and crash data to law enforcement agencies, the media and responds to public crash requests.

Melissa Marinoff | Quality Control Analyst | MSP

Melissa Marinoff has been with the Michigan State Police for 16 years and is a Department Analyst in the Traffic Crash Reporting Unit. Ms. Marinoff leads the Quality Control process for the Traffic Crash Reporting System (TCRS) database assuring information within the TCRS database is accurate and complete.

Brian Sine | IT Programmer Analyst | DTMB 

Brian Sine has been with the Michigan State Police – Department of Technology, Management, and Budget for over 12 years, and has supported the Traffic Crash Reporting System (TCRS) for the past 18 years. Brian helped design, develop, implement, and currently maintains the TCRS suite of applications, and also provides statistical information to Crash data partners.

abstract

KTSDS, ITSDS and Other State Crash Resources.

The KTSDS program is a collaborative effort between the University of Kentucky and the Iowa State University, it strives to match experts with individuals searching for Traffic and Safety data in Kentucky. KTSDS matches those seeking data with experts who can not only provide it, but who can offer expertise and insight into the proper use of the data.

It was modeled after the ITSDS and developed by the University of Kentucky with help from Iowa State University.

We would like to share details of the beginning of these programs, the benefits of collaboration between UK and ISU, and lessons we’ve learned in rolling them out.

Speakers

Paul Ross | IT & Analysis | Kentucky Transportation Center

Tony Fields | Researcher | Kentucky Transportation Center

Zachary Hans | Senior Research Engineer | Iowa State University

Hossein Naraghi | RESEARCH ENGINEER | Iowa State University

Reginald Souleyrette | Professor, Commonwealth Chair in Transportation Engineering, Department Chair | University of Kentucky

abstract

Several states have been piloting a digital driver’s license. Louisiana has leap-frogged them all and has become the first state in the union to offer a state-police and legislatively approved digital driver’s license. With over 310,000 citizens using it and loads of citizen feedback and reviews, this roll-out has brought to light numerous use cases that were never anticipated. Learn how Security, Adoption, and Safety are fighting for top billing with the deployment of LA Wallet. There will be live demonstrations of the app and its age- and identity- verification function, VerifyYou.

speaker

Calvin Fabre | Integrator | Envoc, 

Calvin Fabre is the founder and President of Envoc, (pronounced: “invoke”), a 25-person mobile software development and hosting firm. He is also co-founder and creator of LA Wallet, the first legal digital driver’s license app in the United States.

abstract

Over the past several years, the staff at Washington College GIS Program has dedicated time and resources to making improvements to maps that will better interact with the readers while sharing those ‘tips and tricks’ back to the public safety community. Providing useful and meaningful maps can be a challenge for any agency, and trying to convey the correct story to the reader can be challenging and cumbersome. This presentation is designed to be interactive with the attendees to discuss how making small improvements to your maps will provide better perception to those receiving the product. The software used for this presentation (both open source and fee based) will include: Microsoft Suite, Venngage, Esri, and more.

speaker

Sean Lynn | GIS Senior Project Manager | Washington College

Sean Lynn is currently the GIS Senior Project Manager with the Washington College GIS Program. Lynn is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in 2014. Lynn has been studying traffic safety and GIS for over four years working closely with Maryland Highway Safety Office and local, county, & state law enforcement to provide statistical & geo-spatial analysis, maps, and training’s in efforts to reduce fatalities and crashes on Maryland roadways.

Alicia Shipley | GIS Analyst II | Washington College GIS Program

Alicia Shipley is a GIS Analyst II at the Washington College GIS Program working on a grant for the Maryland Highway Safety Office. She provides GIS analysis for law enforcement and highway safety professionals on crashes and citations that involve Impaired Driving, Aggressive Driving, Pedestrians/Bicyclists, Distracted Driving, and more. She specializes in creating predictive models and developing high quality visualization analysis through advanced cartography and data visualization techniques. Alicia has recently graduated with her Master’s Degree in Psychology. She has five years of experience in GIS, traffic safety analysis, and data visualization.

abstract

Washington College GIS Program developed a web mapping application RAVEN (Risk Analysis of Vehicle Environment Network) for Maryland Highway Safety Office to transform static analysis by giving users a dynamic visualization for the state of Maryland. The data layers inside of the web application correlate with the Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) that targets dangerous behaviors such as occupant protection, aggressive, impaired, and distracted driving. This presentation focuses on providing the who, what, where, why, and how of the RAVEN web application.

speakers

Sean Lynn | GIS Senior Project Manager | Washington College

Sean Lynn is currently the GIS Senior Project Manager with the Washington College GIS Program. Lynn is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in 2014. Lynn has been studying traffic safety and GIS for over four years working closely with Maryland Highway Safety Office and local, county, & state law enforcement to provide statistical & geo-spatial analysis, maps, and training’s in efforts to reduce fatalities and crashes on Maryland roadways.

Alicia Shipley | GIS Analyst II | Washington College GIS Program

Alicia Shipley is a GIS Analyst II at the Washington College GIS Program working on a grant for the Maryland Highway Safety Office. She provides GIS analysis for law enforcement and highway safety professionals on crashes and citations that involve Impaired Driving, Aggressive Driving, Pedestrians/Bicyclists, Distracted Driving, and more. She specializes in creating predictive models and developing high quality visualization analysis through advanced cartography and data visualization techniques. Alicia has recently graduated with her Master’s Degree in Psychology. She has five years of experience in GIS, traffic safety analysis, and data visualization.

abstract

Identification and analysis of high crash locations typically use many years of historic crash data that require association of crashes to the roadway segments and intersections. This association present a challenge given the roadway data change over time. Crash geocoding on a versioned roadway base map presents some unique migration challenges, such as what to do when a segment is split or merged, roadway geometry changes, or intersections are added or removed. This presentation shares some of the challenges involved in migrating a large volume of incident data from one baseline map to another in a timely manner, possible solutions to avoid repetitive human intervention, and lessons learned from having gone through the process.

speakers

Ilir Bejleri | Associate Professor | University of Florida, 

Ilir Bejleriis an Associate Professor and Co-Director of GeoPlan Center at the department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Florida. Dr. Bejleri specializes in the use of geospatial technologies in transportation information systems. Dr. Bejleri has conceptualized and directed the development of GIS-based systems for mapping and analysis of crashes and citations such as Signal Four Analytics and Geolocation system for the State of Florida.

Daniel Brown 

abstract

CTDOT, in a joint effort with the Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center (CTSRC) and Transcend Spatial Solutions (TSS), is developing innovative tools to collect and maintain Model Inventory of Roadway Element data to support safety analysis. The presentation will demonstrate two tools; CTSRC’s development of a Web-based desktop Intersection Inventory Tool to collect MIRE intersection/ approach attribution quickly and accurately utilizing an LRS, aerial photography, and crowd sourced street level imagery, and a CTDOT/TSS prototype browser-based MIRE compliant field data tool that utilizes GPS to auto-locate the collector, has data views that enable multiple assets to be collected simultaneously and works in disconnected mode.

speakers

Gregory Ciparelli | Transportation Planner | CT Dept. Of Transportation

Mr. Ciparelli is a Transportation Planner for the Connecticut Department of Transportation in the Roadway Information Systems Office. He has 15 years of experience in roadway data collection and roadway database management on Connecticut’s 22,000 miles of public roads. The Roadway Information Systems Office at CTDOT collects, compiles, or manages data related to a variety of Department activities, including: the development and maintenance of an ARNOLD compliant geospatial LRS, the Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS), Model Inventory of Roadway Elements (MIRE) Fundamental Data Elements (FDE) attribution, as well as supporting development and implementation of a Transportation Enterprise Database (TED) at CTDOT.

Seth Kenbeek | GIS and Database Programmer and Administrator | University of Connecticut

Mr. Kenbeek is the GIS and Database Programmer and Administrator at the Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center at the University of Connecticut. The Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center focuses on developing and maintaining state-of-the-art crash data and safety analysis systems. His work has centered on the data necessary for comprehensive safety analysis, which includes developing and managing geospatial data to support the development of a roadway safety tool for the Connecticut Department of Transportation and creating visualization tools for crash and safety data users across the state. Mr. Kenbeek holds a master’s in geography from the University of Oregon.

abstract

NHTSA has awarded Michigan nearly 1 million dollars each year since FY2017 to address pedestrian and bicycle safety programs with federal funding specific to supporting law enforcement mobilization, law enforcement training and public education. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) collaborated with The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) to identify the top cities which had both the highest number of pedestrian and bicycle crashes in a 5-year period. Local and regional law enforcement agencies were invited to work on an overtime enforcement pilot project, and OHSP and UMTRI conducted in-depth presentations on crash data analysis and grant project requirements to those agencies in January 2018.

abstract

This presentation will focus on the MIRE FDEs. Both MAP-21 and the FAST Act required that FHWA identify a subset of MIRE data elements that would be useful to States to support their Highway Safety Improvement Program. This led to the identification of the MIRE FDEs. This presentation will address: What are the MIRE FDEs; What is the State requirement regarding the FDEs; How are States progressing towards compliance with the MIRE FDE requirement and what technical assistance and support is available from FHWA to help States meet the MIRE FDE requirement.

Speaker

Robert Pollack | Safety Data Program Manager | FHWA, Office of Safety

abstract

This presentation will highlight findings from nationwide scans of State traffic records and roadway safety data systems. State traffic records system strengths and opportunities at the national level have been identified through an analysis of the first complete five-year cycle of traffic records assessment data. Reflecting the capabilities of from all States, the District of Columbia, and one territory, this analysis will present considerations and recommendations for improving traffic records systems. In addition, this presentation will cover the results of FHWA’s second Roadway Safety Data Capabilities Assessment and discuss the resources available to address identified opportunities for improvement.

speakers

Thomas Bragan | Analyst | NHTSA; DOT

Esther Strawder | Safety Specialist | FHWA

abstract

This session will provide an overview of following NCSA programs:
1. NCSA Data Products for Highway Safety Professionals (Umesh Shankar)
A live demonstration overview of all the NCSA data products like publications portal, State Traffic Safety Information (STSI), FARS Encyclopedia, Annual Report Portal, Fatal crash location maps, that are publicly accessible for highway safety professionals for their needs of data that would provide the backdrop to many of the program activities at the local levels.

speaker

Umesh Shankar | Division Chief | NHTSA

abstract

Pioneering courts are extending their work to promote safety for the public and improve court operations through offering online adjudication of traffic citations. Hear from several courts around the country who resolve these cases with the public, law enforcement, and prosecutors online.

Courts in Michigan, Arkansas and Texas, have launched online adjudication of traffic tickets. These courts will be able to share their experience on planning, launching, promoting, and maintaining online adjudication of traffic citations and what they have accomplished since launch.

speakers

Nicole Corr | Attorney | Nichols Jackson Dillard Hager & Smith LLP

Kevin Barrett | Court Administrator | Farmers Branch Municipal Court

Elisha Fink | Magistrate | Michigan 14A District Court

Lisa Fusik | Deputy Court Administrator | Michigan 14A District Court

Milas “Butch” Hale | Judge | Arkansas Sherwood District Court

Abstract

The UW-Madison TOPS Lab in conjunction with the WisDOT State Patrol developed a tool to identify hot spots for high visibility enforcement. This presentation will focus on the update of the tools as well as the three pilot projects throughout the state and the evaluation. This tool is giving law enforcement a data driven model that they can use for planning or on the road.

Speaker

Andrea Bill | Associate Researcher | U.W. Madison TOPS Lab

Andi Bill is a Traffic Safety Engineering Research Program Manager at the Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory and Faculty Associate at Engineering Professional Development at UW-Madison. Her current research incorporates aspects from traffic safety and operations, with a specific emphasis on discovering new and innovative ways to analyze traffic crashes.

abstract

Washington College Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program is currently working on a wide variety of projects that span a gamut including environmental analysis, criminal data analysis, and traffic safety analysis. The focus of this presentation is to discuss how the GIS Program is leveraging the powers of GIS to work with law enforcement, emergency medical services, educators, and engineers, throughout the state of Maryland to help reduce fatalities, severe crashes, and crashes overall.

speakers

Sean Lynn | GIS Senior Project Manager | Washington College

Sean Lynn is currently the GIS Senior Project Manager with the Washington College GIS Program. Lynn is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in 2014. Lynn has been studying traffic safety and GIS for over four years working closely with Maryland Highway Safety Office and local, county, & state law enforcement to provide statistical & geo-spatial analysis, maps, and training’s in efforts to reduce fatalities and crashes on Maryland roadways.

Alicia Shipley | GIS Analyst II | Washington College GIS Program

Alicia Shipley is a GIS Analyst II at the Washington College GIS Program working on a grant for the Maryland Highway Safety Office. She provides GIS analysis for law enforcement and highway safety professionals on crashes and citations that involve Impaired Driving, Aggressive Driving, Pedestrians/Bicyclists, Distracted Driving, and more. She specializes in creating predictive models and developing high quality visualization analysis through advanced cartography and data visualization techniques. Alicia has recently graduated with her Master’s Degree in Psychology. She has five years of experience in GIS, traffic safety analysis, and data visualization.

abstract

In 2016, Minnesota deployed an officer-centric electronic crash reporting system to all Minnesota law enforcement officers. Usability testing of the new system upon deployment suggested high user satisfaction but could not immediately determine the extent of the crash data improvement. This study employed a mixed-methods approach to conduct a series of qualitative analyses of crash data records collected by the legacy crash reporting system and the new MNCrash reporting system. The analyses leveraged officer reported narratives and data business rules to determine that crash data quality improved through multiple metrics. Improvements with the new system included a decrease in mismatching data and erroneous data entries compared to 2015.

Speakers

Nichole Morris | Director | University of Minnesota

Kathleen Haney | Traffic Records Coordinator | Minnesota Department of Public Safety

abstract

The primary directive of the RESCUE (Recording of Emergency Services Calls and Urgent Care Environment) system is to improve the quality and timeliness of Electronic Patient Care Report (ePCR) data received by the Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of EMS. RESCUE is fully compliant with the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) standard 3.4.0 allowing nightly submissions to the NEMSIS repository. This presentation provides details of the four parts of the RESCUE system including central repository, NEMSIS compliance reporting, management dashboards, and client interfaces. The presentation will provide preliminary results in linkage of ePCRs to eCrash reports and discuss on-going work in linking to the Alabama Trauma Registry.

Speaker

Jeremy Pate | Associate Director | Center for Advanced Public Safety, Univ. of AL

abstract

A study analyzed fatal crashes in California from over a 5-year period and found that suspended, revoked, and unlicensed drivers were, respectively, 3.7 and 4.9 times more likely to be at-fault in fatal crashes than were validly-licensed drivers, relative to their driving exposures. With the Employer Notification System developed and implemented by Louisiana, commercial drivers will have their driving record checked every day and will notify their employer if they become suspended, or even 30-days from a possible suspension. This keeps only validly-licensed drivers on our Louisiana roads and prevents many potentially fatal accidents while reducing exposure for employers of commercial drivers.

speaker

Calvin Fabre | Integrator | Envoc

Calvin Fabre is the founder and President of Envoc, (pronounced: “invoke”), a 25-person mobile software development and hosting firm. He is also co-founder and creator of LA Wallet, the first legal digital driver’s license app in the United States.

abstract

TTI is working on a project with the TxDOT Corpus Christi District to determine whether video data that the district collects could be processed using open source artificial intelligence tools to extract roadway data elements. Specifically, TTI is investigating whether MIRE data elements such as surface type, total paved surface width, and shoulder width could be determined by using an open source artificial intelligence algorithm that detects roadway features in a calibrated video stream and automatically records measurements at pre-determined intervals or frames. If successful, TTI plans to expand detection to involve additional data elements such as sidewalk presence, curb type, and driveway count.

speakers

Edgar Kraus | Research Engineer | Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Edgar Kraus is a Research Engineer at the TTI San Antonio Research and Implementation Program, and has been with TTI since 2001. Mr. Kraus is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, an affiliate of TRB, and member of ASCE. Mr. Kraus’ primary fields of interest are transportation infrastructure management, data architecture and application development, and spatial data technologies. As principal investigator, he has provided leadership on numerous projects involved with the development of data architectures and prototype data management systems using State and national datasets. Mr. Kraus has provided research leadership and training in data management to various State DOTs and local transportation agencies.

Seth Trojacek | Software Applications Developer I | Texas A&M Transportation Institute

abstract

This presentation will cover Reducing Roadway Departure Crashes at Horizontal Curve Sections on Two-Lane Rural Highways, which used the RID as a stand-alone database to create roadway departure crash modification factors (CMFs) for 1) combinations of horizontal curve radius, superelevation (including superelevation rate and presence of normal crown), and speed limit combinations representing side friction demand and 2) measures of horizontal alignment design consistency, including modified change radius rate and ratio of tangent length to radius. The studies resulted in quantitative safety performance information that can be used in support of design policy and design criteria applications.

speakers

Yusuf Mohamedshah | Research Highway Safety Specialist | FHWA

Ian Hamilton | Transportation Planner | VHB, Inc.

abstract

NHTSA staff provide a two-part presentation on real world experiences with driving automation. The first part provides a NHTSA Special Crash Investigation overview of a recent vehicle crash involving an SAE Level 2 driving automation system. The discussion will describe the crash circumstances and the challenges to investigating crashes involving higher levels of driving automation. The second part will discuss the current status of the variety of driving automation on the road today and the technologies, terminologies, and issues that police and traffic records experts are likely to experience when addressing crashes involving vehicles featuring such systems.

speakers

Joseph Kolly | Chief Safety Scientist | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Harold Herrera | Crash Investigation Specialist | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

abstract

This presentation describes an emergency planning transportation data integration initiative to provide research on roadway weather data collection tools and applications, and to develop models that integrate near-real-time data from varied sources including geo-located weather, roadway conditions, sensor data, and vulnerability threats to develop data analytic portals for decision makers and end-users, such as Department of Transportation officials, who need such integrated data for decision making to improve public safety and mobility during adverse weather conditions.

speaker

Laura Myers | Director, Center for Advanced Public Safety | The University of Alabama

Laura Myers, Ph.D. (Criminology), is a Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) at The University of Alabama. Her research areas include disaster management and planning, severe weather warning improvement, risk communication, and emergency management. She has received over $600,000 in Department of Homeland Security grants to develop and implement a regional emergency planning model emphasizing partnership planning between the National Weather Service and their weather enterprise partners, including emergency management, broadcast meteorology, and end-users of their products.

abstract

States are required to adopt the MMUCC 4th Edition definition of “Suspected Serious Injury (A)” to support State reporting of mandatory safety performance measures by April 15, 2019. The implementation of this definition has produced a wide variety of results in many states including Maryland and Minnesota who were early adopters of this definition. This session will look at the increase in “A” injuries in one state and decrease in the other and discuss possible reasons behind the changing trends. States will also discuss how the change impacted their data and what steps they have taken since.

speakers

Kathleen Haney | Traffic Records Coordinator | Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Kathleen Haney is currently the Traffic Records Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety, the State Highway Safety Office. She has been with the office for 24 years and has held various positions including Research Analyst and Evaluation Coordinator. Ms. Haney is a past president of the Association of Transportation Safety Information Professionals (ATSIP). She oversaw the crash records system replacement project in Minnesota from requirements gathering through implementation and continues to guide enhancements to MNCrash. Ms. Haney was an expert panel member for the 4th and 5th editions MMUCC as well as the most recent version of ANSI D16.

Timothy Kerns | Director | Maryland DOT

Prior to becoming Director of Maryland’s Highway Safety Office in December Timothy (Tim) Kerns spent 29 years at the University of Maryland’s National Study Center for Trauma and EMS. While there, he helped to develop and monitor Maryland’s Occupant Protection Survey and served as program manager for the development of the State’s Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) and project coordinator for the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN). Dr. Kerns received a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from The Johns Hopkins University in 1986, a master’s degree in Epidemiology and Emergency Health Services from the University of Maryland in 1988, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland Baltimore in 2017.

abstract

Reducing crashes and improving traffic safety is challenging for small and rural areas due to limited data availability. While spot analysis could be used based on crash history, this method is insufficient especially when there are no clear “hot spots” in the crash history, a common condition in the rural areas. Therefore, this study applied a risk-based analysis across 27 small and rural counties in Florida, examining various roadway characteristics such as intersection types and angles, distances of crashes to intersections and curves, curve characteristics and surrogate data for traffic volumes. The study developed a systemic prediction method which proved successful in determining risk locations when applied to individual counties.

speaker

Ilir Bejleri | Associate Professor | University of Florida

Ilir Bejleri is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of GeoPlan Center at the department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Florida. Dr. Bejleri specializes in the use of geospatial technologies in transportation information systems. Dr. Bejleri has conceptualized and directed the development of GIS-based systems for mapping and analysis of crashes and citations such as Signal Four Analytics and Geolocation system for the State of Florida.

abstract

FHWA has piloted an DIY effort to assist local agencies in employing a systemic safety analysis approach, helping turn disparate data into information that local agencies can use to identify and treat at-risk locations.

speaker

Jerry Roche | Transportation Specialist | Federal Highway Administration

abstract

Wisconsin went fully electronic for crash reporting on January 1st, 2017 for both law enforcement reported crashes as well as driver reported crashes. Over the past two years, we have learned a lot in terms of data quality, outreach, and coordination. This presentation will focus on lessons learned and the systems we have in place to review and improve the crash report form.

speaker

Andrea Bill | Associate Researcher | U.W. Madison TOPS Lab

Andi Bill is a Traffic Safety Engineering Research Program Manager at the Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory and Faculty Associate at Engineering Professional Development at UW-Madison. Her current research incorporates aspects from traffic safety and operations, with a specific emphasis on discovering new and innovative ways to analyze traffic crashes.

Abstract

FHWA’s HSIP and related legislation requires that States collect the MIRE FDE. These 37 Elements, a common base map, and a handful of crash elements are the minimum required to perform network screening on all public roads. This workshop will use interactive survey tools to gather information from the audience. To start, the audience will be asked how their TRCC helps in integrating crash and road data. The audience will also be asked what methods they use to conduct safety analysis. After demonstrating the limitations and advantages of several integration techniques and network screening methods, the audience will be re-polled as to what methods they may consider using.

Speakers

Eric Green | Research Engineer | Kentucky Transportation Center

Eric Green received his PhD in Civil Engineering at UK. He is a research engineer at the Kentucky Transportation Center. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Kentucky, a Roadway Safety Professional (RSP), and a GISP.

Stuart Thompson | FHWA

abstract

Washington State has a legislatively mandated safety council tasked to “review and analyze data related to pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and serious injuries”. The council adopted a case review model. The case review contains records that are not considered when coding FARS records, such as criminal background checks, and also records that may be used by FARS analysts, such as Reconstructionist reports, but that contain much more detailed information about the event than a coded record could never provide. This presentation will offer scenarios for when case reviews may be an effective tool for informing programs and countermeasures and how to get case reviews going in your state.

speaker

Staci Hoff | Research Director | WA Traffic Safety Commission

Staci Hoff, PhD joined the Washington Traffic Safety Commission in 2012 to lead the Research and Data Division. As Research Director, Staci is responsible for maintaining the commission’s data systems, conducting and supporting traffic safety research, and dissemination of traffic safety information to the public she serves. Prior to joining the commission, Staci served as an epidemiologist managing hospital, survey, and vital statistics data systems. Staci is supported by a loving husband and three children, whom she focuses all her spare time on.

abstract

The LSU HSRG, working with Tracite, has transformed Louisiana’s Uniform Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Report Manual into an interactive smart phone and mobile device app. The app is aimed at increasing crash data accuracy, completeness, and accessibility by making the Crash Report Manual readily available to police officers at all times. The entire crash report manual was converted into multimedia format and integrated with training videos to make the information more accessible and interactive.

speaker

Ron Whittaker | Law Enforcement Expert | La DOTD

Captain with Louisiana State Police, (28 years), Retired
Troop Commander, 6 years
10 Years as a Law Enforcement Expert with LA DOTD
Provides crash data quality training to law enforcement agencies
Helps facilitate the implementation of LA SHSP
Coordinates highway safety activities with LE agencies
Facilitates Traffic Incident Management Training in LA
Responsible for Work Zone Safety Law Enforcement Recertification
Responsible for improving communication/cooperation with law enforcement agencies

abstract

Data integration is essential for building traffic records information systems. Florida has been successful in achieving statewide integration of 3 of 6 traffic data systems – crash, citation and roadway – accomplished as a partnership among state agencies and the University of Florida. The integration is performed in real time daily by linking crashes and citations to the Florida Roads Basemap LRS through a web-based geolocation tool used by law enforcement during crash and citation reporting. The integrated database is available to Florida users through a web-based analytical system. This presentation discusses technical and organizational aspects of the integration, challenges, limitations, lessons learned and future expansion plans.

Richie Frederick | Bureau Chief | Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Richie Frederick is the Chief of Records for the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, Division of Motorist Services. The Bureau of Records is responsible for program oversight for Traffic Citations, Crash Records, and the custodian of driver and motor vehicle records. Mr. Frederick has held various positions with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for the last eleven years.

Breakout Session: Unlocking the Power of Your Data to Build Consensus 

  • Presenters: Joseph Weiss, NJ Department of Highway Traffic Safety

Abstract: What if you could unite all of your stakeholders around more data-driven safety decisions? Attend this session to learn best practices of how Joseph Weiss of New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety is making this a reality

abstract

In the last decade, older persons experienced a 30% increase in population growth, and a similar increase in fatal MVCs. In 2017, nearly 5,000 persons 70 and older died in MVCs. For every fatality, thousands require hospitalization or emergency department treatment. The CDC has funded four-states to analyze probabilistically linked MVC outcomes in this population. Focusing on older persons, this session provides an overview of probabilistic linkage methodology and the value added from hospital outcomes when assessing MVC injuries; describes factors related to injury severity and injured body region; discusses methodology for estimating the cost of MVCs; and provides a technique for estimating the risk of being an MVC contributing driver.

speakers

Larry Cook | Master Statistician | University of Utah

Dr. Cook is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He has more than two decades of experience utilizing probabilistically linked databases to address traffic safety issues. He has published more than fifty papers on the theory and application of probabilistic linkage. Findings from Dr. Cook’s research have been used to support a number of traffic safety legislative priorities such as child passenger safety, primary safety belt enforcement, and graduated driver licensing.

Nikiforos Nikiforos | Professor | University of Kentucky

Dr. Stamatiadis is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky (UK). He obtained his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Dr. Stamatiadis has been actively involved in establishing a strong traffic and transportation teaching and research program at UK. His research interests include issues on traffic safety, highway design, and non-motorized transportation. He has completed research grants on safety issues of the elderly, license renewal alternatives, speed management, and effects of design element choices on roadway safety. He has recently completed the development of a new functional classification system to be used in the AASHTO Green Book and evaluation of the safety impacts of geometry on nighttime crashes.

Roumen Vesselinov | Research Associate | STAR and National Study Center, University of Maryland at Baltimore

Roumen Vesselinov, PhD, is a Research Associate at Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Department of Anesthesiology and the National Study Center at University of Maryland. He is the PI for four projects funded by the Maryland Highway Safety Office related to traffic records, seatbelt use, pedestrian fatalities, and predictive modeling of crash fatalities. Dr. Vesselinov is co-investigator on grants from Department of Defense and US Army medical research. Dr. Vesselinov has participated in research funded by the National Institutes of Health, MacArthur Foundation, National Institute of Justice, etc. He has more than 30 publications. He has taught at Queens College, Citi University of New York and University of South Carolina.

Motao Zhu | Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology | Center for Injury Research and Policy

Motao Zhu is a principal investigator at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and an associate professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the Ohio State University.

ABSTRACT

A free tool from NHTSA was used to improve vehicle data accuracy and completeness. Using the batch-processing feature of the NHTSA vPIC VIN decoder tool, detailed vehicle specifications were obtained for each VIN. Vehicle types in the New Mexico crash database were compared to those obtained from the vPIC tool, which helped improve the crash database. This talk will cover the process, tips for determining which vPIC data are reliable, and identifying vehicle types that are reported incorrectly. Additionally, initial analysis shows associations between types of motorcycles (derived from vPIC data) and driver demographics (derived from crash data), which can be used to improve targeting of traffic safety programs.

Speaker

Jessica Bloom | Research Scientist III | University of New Mexico

abstract

This presentation will cover Product Information Catalog and Vehicle Listing (vPIC). and how it can assist analysts in discovering vehicle safety insights in advanced vehicle safety. Currently it is estimated that over 350 public systems are using vPICs vehicle identification number (VIN) decoding service. The service to the public comes in the form of a combination of simple interfaces and a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) that can allow for large volumes of data to be processed. Data available is based on authoritative submittals to the federal government by manufacturers and supports the self-certification process in which the manufacturer confirms their vehicles comply with baseline safety standards.

speaker

Michael Frenchik | Division Chief | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

abstract

Washington State has been compiling complete toxicology records to supplement the limited drug information from FARS records. While Washington has been able to use this data for monitoring the impacts of marijuana legalization on traffic safety, the other drug information has remained largely untouched until now. While the formatting and ‘clean-up’ of this drug information is still underway, we will share with you some insights into the full drug picture and what to watch out for if you have or will be getting detailed drug information from a toxicology lab.

speaker

Staci Hoff | Research Director | WA Traffic Safety Commission

Staci Hoff, PhD joined the Washington Traffic Safety Commission in 2012 to lead the Research and Data Division. As Research Director, Staci is responsible for maintaining the commission’s data systems, conducting and supporting traffic safety research, and dissemination of traffic safety information to the public she serves. Prior to joining the commission, Staci served as an epidemiologist managing hospital, survey, and vital statistics data systems. Staci is supported by a loving husband and three children, whom she focuses all her spare time on.

abstract

Up-to-date information about dynamic conditions occurring on roads can help drivers navigate safely and efficiently. It can also improve safety of public safety and construction workers on the roads. Where it exists, such infrastructure data is difficult and costly to access and use across various jurisdictions. U.S. DOT launched the Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) Project to jump-start the voluntary exchange of consistent work zone data nationwide and address barriers to that exchange. This session will focus on the USDOT’s planned investments among the WZDx, MIRE, the Traffic Incident Management (TIM), and MMUCC to accelerate the development and adoption of an open and common language for road closure data nationwide.

speakers

Nate Deshmukh-Towery | Technology Policy Analyst | National Transportation Systems Center

Bob Pollack | Safety Data Program Manager | Federal Highway Administration

Sarah Weissman Pascual | Program Analyst | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Sarah Weissman Pascual is a Program Analyst with NHTSA’s National Driver Register and Traffic Records Division. TR Team responsibilities include: leading the MMUCC 5th Edition update, management of the CDIP and GO Team programs and contracts, management of TR Team websites, coordination of TR assessments for regions 3 and 7, liaison with TRB ABJ20(1) Roadway Safety Data Subcommittee, §405(c) application review, support FMCSA’s PAR Committee adoption of MMUCC, ANSI D16 expert panel, and technical support for TRIPRS functionality and enhancements. She holds a BE in Civil Engineering (transportation engineering) from Vanderbilt University.

abstract

Wyoming DOT desired to improve the accuracy and completeness of their crash location data recording. Working with Public Safety Officers, DOT staff, & ITIS Corp (consultant), the Wyoming Map-Based Incident Geo-Locating Service (WIGLS) was created.
WIGLS integrates with the State’s crash reporting software & features an intuitive, user-friendly interface for non-technical users (i.e. officers, ambulance drivers, etc.). Users easily record location details, crash types, & other key reporting reqs, on-site. Also incl. web services needed to convert prev. CARE work from Oracle/MapViewer architecture to Oracle/ArcGIS.
Presentation is an overview & update of WIGLS being used state-wide for 6+ months. Incl. perspectives from State & consultant.

speakers

Kristi Price | | ITIS Corp,

Kristi Price MBA, is a Business Analyst and Assistant Project Manager for ITIS Corporation, a software solutions development firm, with specialized expertise in the Transportation and Safety sector. Concentrating primarily on State and Local Departments of Transportation (DOT), ITIS Corporation provides a matrix of software tools and services that support a significant portion of the operational work within a DOT.

Stacey Gierisch | Records Data Management Analyst, Supervisor | WYDOT

Joe McCarthy | | Wyoming DOT

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

High Visibility Enforcement

Type: Poster | Topic Area: Data Analytics and Visualization

Abstract: This poster is designed to talk about high visibility enforcement efforts through throughout the state of Maryland. Some of the campaigns that will be included on this poster: Bay to Beach, St. Patrick’s, and Buckle Up-Phone Down.

Presenter(s)
Sean Lynn | GIS Senior Project Manager | Washington College
Alicia Shipley | GIS Analyst II | Washington College GIS Program

The Impact of Educating Youth About Traffic Safety

Type: Poster | Topic Area: Data Analytics and Visualization

Abstract: This poster is designed to share the experience of Washington College with working directly with youth focused on traffic safety and the efforts that are being conducted by Maryland Highway Safety Office.

Presenter(s)
Sean Lynn | GIS Senior Project Manager | Washington College
Alicia Shipley | GIS Analyst II | Washington College GIS Program

Providing Traffic Safety Data through GIS (Poster)

Type: Poster | Topic Area: Data Analytics and Visualization

Abstract: Washington College Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program is currently working on a wide variety of projects that span a gamut including environmental analysis, criminal data analysis, and traffic safety analysis. The focus of this poster is to discuss how the GIS Program is leveraging the powers of GIS to work with law enforcement, emergency medical services, educators, and engineers, throughout the state of Maryland to help reduce fatalities, severe crashes, and crashes overall.

Presenter(s)
Sean Lynn | GIS Senior Project Manager | Washington College
Alicia Shipley | GIS Analyst II | Washington College GIS Program

Strategies to Increase Seat Belt Use in Tennessee

Type: Poster | Topic Area: Crash

Abstract: According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) 2012 data, unintentional motor-vehicle traffic injury is the second leading cause of injury deaths in the United States. Seat belt use is a proven effective way to reduce injury risk; however, Tennessee remained below the national seat belt use average rate of 89.7% in 2017. This project utilizes Tennessee’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and A-list licensing databases, the Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) data and Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States (MV PICCS) tool provided by the CDC to identify potential enforcement strategies and policies that could help increase seat belt use rate in Tennessee.

Presenter(s)
Kedra Woodard | Statistical Analyst 4 | TN Department of Safety & Homeland Security

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