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Governor's Office of Highway Safety Adds Epidemiologist to Strengthen Crash Analysis Capabilities

Original publication: SHSP Implementation Process Model, Supplement Number 1 – Case Studies; FHWA-SA-10-025; 2010 (PDF, 1MB)

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Publication Year: 2010


Key Accomplishments

  • Added an epidemiologist to GOHS staff to provide enhanced behavioral safety data analysis.
  • Developed a safety data clearinghouse.
  • Merged various datasets to improve safety data analyses.

To thoroughly investigate the behavioral aspects of highway safety, a number of datasets must be merged. In Georgia, the DOT provides location-specific crash data to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in raw database format. Other agencies provide injury, trauma, licensing, and citation data to the GOHS separately. All data must be integrated to perform comprehensive safety analysis. The GOHS realized it needed to improve its analytic capabilities to incorporate data analyses into grant applications.

A 2004 Traffic Records Assessment recommended the GOHS hire an epidemiologist to strengthen safety data analysis. Epidemiology is the study of factors affecting the health and illness of populations, including injuries from car crashes. Therefore, the GOHS hired an epidemiologist to provide data analysis support. Rather than collecting and analyzing crash and injury data separately, the epidemiologist looks at factors that contribute to both crashes and injuries. The epidemiologist works closely with GDOT to manage data needs for the SHSP.

Results

The addition of an epidemiologist to GOHS staff has greatly strengthened SHSO crash analysis capabilities. The epidemiologist analyzes the clearinghouse of safety data available and creates queries specific to the GOHS’s data needs. These data runs are readily accessible to staff for grant applications and other needs.

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Contact:
Randy Clayton
SHSP Operations Manager
Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety
404-651-8503
rclayton@gohs.ga.gov

Publication Year: 2010

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