Texas DOT Introduces New Car Crash Information System
Tuesday’s Post 11/01/11 – The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) has finally launched “Crash Reporting and Analysis for Safer Highways” (CRASH). With this internet application, automobile accident records are now easier and more efficiently transferred. This newly completed secure web-based application allows law enforcement agencies to send reports to the TXDOT electronically. Furthermore, it hastens the transfer of motor vehicle crash results to the Crash Records Information System (CRIS), an automated database used to compile and track crash data statewide. In contrast to the old method of conveying crash data which requires law enforcement personnel to manually complete the Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report form (CR-3) and then send the form via US Mail to Texas Department of Transportation. This new system allows auto accident information to be submitted faster and more efficiently from the office or a Sheriff or Police Car.
The crash data gathered by TXDOT is used to evaluate the effectiveness of construction, maintenance, and traffic safety programs. With this valuable data and information, the state transportation agency can exert measures which can significantly cut the number and severity of vehicle crashes on Texas roadways. Finally the data is critical for state and local transportation project planning, highway and railroad crossing safety evaluation, identification of target areas for enhanced traffic law enforcement, and traffic safety studies.
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