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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-06-099
Date: September 2006

Traffic Safety Information Systems International Scan: Strategy Implementation White Paper

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APPENDIX A: Cross-mapping of the original strategies and actions developed by the scanning team to the five critical strategies covered in this paper

Table 3. Cross-mapping of original strategies and actions.
Strategy or Action from Plan and Implementation Paper Strategy/Action in this Report
Strategy
(Theme) Generate top-level support for safety programs and data. Define safety as core business. Strategy 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
(Theme) Create safety program performance measures for use by FHWA and States. Alternative—Strategy 2.2safety data performance measures
(Action) Disseminate widely the findings of Project "Practices in Crash Reporting and Processing." Strategy 3.1(Action 3.1a)
(Action) Survey the public and DOTs to determine the most important safety issues and use these to push administrators to improve programs and data. AlternativeStrategy 1 (Action 1.1c)
(Action) Educate the public that problems with safety are epidemic and need more attention. Strategy 1.1Action 1.1a, 1.1b (Alternative see Action 1.1c)
(Action) Develop a marketing/media plan for use by TRCCs. AlternativeStrategy 3 (All actions)
Efficiency
(Theme) Simplify data collection, particularly for police. Strategy 3.1, 3.2
(Action) Encourage the widespread use of high-quality automated collision reporting software by 402 funding, licensing in States, and police peer reviews of competing software. Strategy 3 (Action 3.1a, 3.1b)
(Theme) Review crash data and eliminate unneeded variables. Strategy 2.1
(Action) Develop an analysis methodology which will allow a cost-benefit analysis of each safety data element collected or proposed for collection. Test and market. AlternativeStrategy 2.1
(Action) Identify all data variables that are collected and might be useful in safety analysis for use by TRCCs in inventories of their own States. AlternativesStrategy 2.1, 2.3, 2.4
(Action) Develop a national synthesis of all sources of crash, inventory, and traffic operations data and the technology being used to collect it. AlternativesStrategy 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, Strategy 3.2 (Action 3.2c). In addition, current NCHRP Synthesis Project 36-03, "Technologies for Improving Safety Data," is focusing on the technology aspects of this issue.
(Theme) Increase use of current data collection technology, including nonfield file linkages. Strategy 3 (Action 3.1b, 3.2.a)
(Theme) Develop needed new technology to improve data collection and linkage. Strategy 3 (Action 3.1c, 3.2b)
(Action) Develop a short-term research and development program aimed at (1) validating existing data collection technology where needed (e.g., onroad inventory data vehicles), and (2) developing new technology which will take advantage of (i.e., retrieve, store, link, analyze) data collected for other purposes (e.g., signal loops, weather monitoring (all types of ITS data)) which can be used in safety analysis. Strategy 3.2 (Action 3.2a, 3.2c)
(Action) Develop a long-term research plan that will monitor technology development (e.g., wireless technology) and explore ways to use the technology in the development and utilization of safety data systems. Strategy 3.2 (Action 3.2.b)
Utility
(Theme) Market safety data to new potential users (including the public) to increase its use. Strategy 1.1, 1.3, 5.4
(Theme) Develop, deploy, and facilitate use of analytical safety tools in order to increase need for better safety data. Strategy 4
(Action) Develop and market the data dictionaries for each tool to encourage States to improve their data. Strategy 4
(Action) Examine the possibility of encouraging use of the three-tier analysis plan (i.e., encourage sound safety evaluations). Strategy 4.1, 4.2

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