An Overview of Traffic Crashes Involving Public Safety Vehicles, Ohio, 2016-2018


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.


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.

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Session C – Sabine
Sue Morris

Session B – San Marcos
Sue Morris

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