Enhancing Connecticut’s Crash Data Collection For Serious Injury and Fatal Motor Vehicle Collisions

Connecticut Law Enforcement community has limited access to Event Data Recorder (EDR), and qualified trained staff is currently a major impediment to collecting this data. Reviewing available data from the Connecticut Crash Data Repository, from January 1, 2015 through June 1, 2016, there were approximately 500 motor vehicles involved in serious injury or fatal collisions within the State of Connecticut. This represents a large number of serious crashes where the EDR data could have been collected and then analyzed to determine the vehicle and driver experience just before the crash. Enhancing Law Enforcement EDR data collection/downloading capabilities for fatal motor vehicle collisions or serious injury cases would advance safety analysis in Connecticut. Therefore, the objective of this research project is to augment the ability to routinely collect EDR data and then establish a strategic plan that promotes the collection of complete comprehensive data from serious injury and fatal motor vehicle collisions. This data will then be used to enhance the state of Connecticut’s crash data collection program and Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data quality and accuracy. The study tasks include purchase of EDR reader sets; training of certified Law Enforcement officers; and, data collection, data processing, evaluation and comparison between original crash report and EDR data for selected case studies. The results of each of the case studies will be documented and used as potential justification for the continued use (or not) of EDR data in crash investigation. This project will produce a data collection strategic plan for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) with respect to EDRs.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Connecticut Department of Transportation

      2800 Berlin Turnpike
      Newington, CT  United States  06131
    • Project Managers:

      Connors, Michael

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Connecticut, Storrs

      Connecticut Transportation Institute
      270 Middle Turnpike, Unit 5202
      Storrs, CT  United States  06269-5202
    • Principal Investigators:

      Jackson, Eric

    • Start Date: 20161201
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01618143
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Connecticut Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: SPR-2302
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Nov 30 2016 2:07PM