Highway Safety Data
The Traffic Records Improvement Program's goal is to develop a comprehensive statewide traffic records system that provides traffic safety professionals with reliable, accurate, and timely data to inform decisions about traffic safety problems, implement proven countermeasures, and manage and evaluate safety programs. The traffic records system encompasses the hardware, software, personnel, and procedures that capture, store, transmit, analyze, and interpret traffic safety data. The data that are managed by this system include the crash, driver licensing and history, vehicle registration and titling, commercial motor vehicle, roadway, injury control, citation/adjudication, and EMS/trauma registry data.
The Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) relies on many partner agencies to make data accessible for highway safety planning and employs a number of systems and programs, with the help of State agencies and grantees, to collect, maintain, and analyze its internal datasets, including the Safe Highways Application and Reporting System (SHARP) performance measures, and driver knowledge, attitude, and behavior data collected on the Action Measure Tools (AMTs) and Maryland Annual Driving Survey (MADS).
Coordination and cooperation among agencies is facilitated through the Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC), through Memoranda of Understanding between state agencies, through formal and informal working groups, and through project agreements for grant-funded programs and activities.
TRAFFIC RECORDS COORDINATION COMMITTEE
Maryland employs a two-tiered system Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC), with both Technical and Executive Councils. The MHSO Traffic Records Coordinator serves as Chair of the TRCC Technical Council, as well as the advisor to the TRCC Executive Council.
Provide strong coordinated leadership to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of traffic safety information collection and analysis and the resources needed to support it. The Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC) will support data improvements at all levels of government that minimizes duplication, improves uniformity, advances electronic data collection, and facilitates data access and use.
Ensure that complete, accurate, and timely traffic safety data is collected, analyzed, and made available for decision-making at the national, state and local government levels and for others also working to improve public safety through the reduction of crashes, deaths, and associated injuries in Maryland.
The TRCC operates under the authority of and by the appointment of the administrators of the member agencies and shall consist of members from Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP), Governor's Office of Homeland Security (GOHS), Maryland Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA), Maryland Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS), Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), Maryland Sheriffs Association (MSA), Maryland State Police (MSP), Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA), National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems (NSC), Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) and Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA).
Additionally the TRCC shall utilize in an advisory role the following partners: Baltimore Department of Transportation (BDOT), Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC), Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), Maryland Judiciary - District Court of Maryland (DCM) and Judicial Information Systems (JIS), Office of the State Treasurer Insurance Division (OST), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide the primary point of leadership, planning, policy setting, and accountability for the Traffic Safety Information Systems activity within the State of Maryland.
- Provide policy framework for coordination, cooperation and collaboration of agency activities targeted at improvement of State traffic safety information system while ensuring the protection of confidential information entrusted to the organizations.
- Prepare a plan for the implementation of traffic safety data improvements.
- Recommend forming interagency project teams to develop implementation plans for carrying out the objectives of the plan.
- Provide a forum for review and endorsement of programs, regulations, projects and methodologies (excluding specific vendor products) to implement the improvements identified in the implementation plan.
- Review programs, regulations, projects, and methodologies for conformance with the mission and goal of the TRCC and for conformance with national policy on traffic safety information systems.
- Provide executive guidance and coordination for programs, projects, and regulations as they become operational.
- Receive periodic updates from the project teams.
- Approve and implement other tasks in furtherance of the TRCC goals to achieve quality traffic safety data from state traffic safety information systems.
- Provide a mechanism to communicate, identify and promote best practices and principles for doing business.
Maryland annually updates project information in NHTSA's Data Improvement Projects Clearinghouse, which is intended to be a clearinghouse for information on traffic safety data system improvement efforts at the federal and state levels, allowing federal and state staff to communicate more effectively as to what projects states endeavoring. It contains a public view of the project data contained in TRIPRS and contains only project descriptions containing no sensitive data, as well as the project manager and their contact information.
The E-TIX software will allow for centralized processing and collection in both a connected and disconnected environment. Officers will be able to see if person stopped have been issued prior documents within the same day or in other locations in the state prior to deposition of pending cases. The software will include validation of entry and automated entry of person and vehicle information. This project will be measured by number of users and agencies participating, number of records collected and transported to the court and number of uniformly located records based on collected GPS data.
The Automated Crash Reporting System is one tool used to meet the goals and objectives outlined above. It will be built, where possible on existing infrastructure to support collecting, transferring, and analyzing crash data.
eMEDS® is a statewide, Web-based data collection and reporting tool. As a Web-based tool this means that agencies will either enter data directly into eMEDS, or upload data from a commercial EMS software program that the agency has purchased. Upgraded technology: moving EMS data collection to a Web-based program is the largest part of upgrading the program and brings it to a level that is now the standard method for state and federal agencies to collect required information. For the majority of agencies this upgrade will eventually make submitting easier; a small percentage of agencies will have challenges accessing the internet, or will have to add internet service to their agency's budget. Other technology that is part of MIEMSS' goals is to provide EMS agencies with access to their own data, including reporting tools to view the data.
For additional information about NHTSA's traffic records improvement programs and links to more national and State information, please visit the NHTSA Traffic Records Team website: http://www.nhtsa-tsis.net/default.html
Traffic Records Strategic Plan (TRSP)
The TRCC develops priorities derived from the latest Traffic Records Assessment, Crash Data Improvement Program (CDIP) and considering other needs determined by Executive/Technical Councils member agencies. These priorities are reflected in the new 5-year (2011–2015) Traffic Records Strategic Plan as adopted by the TRCC in November, 2010.
The TRCC updates objectives on an annual basis and performance measures are assigned, where appropriate, to measure progress. Maryland Projects in the State of Maryland related to traffic records improvements, especially those applying for funding, must include in the project proposal one or more of the objectives in the TRSP. The Traffic Records Strategic Plan also serves as the application for federal funding from NHTSA for traffic records improvement projects. Listed below are links to the current and past years' plans. Each year, the plan will be updated, approved by the TRCC, and published by July 1.