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SHSP Committee Provides Forum for Data Collection Improvements - Ohio

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

  • Used collaborative process of the TRCC to conduct problem solving related to data quality.
  • Improved quality of commercial vehicle safety data resulting in the receipt of MCSAP funding.
  • Implemented improvements in one of the key SHSP emphasis areas.

Since data is the foundation of transportation safety planning, the Ohio Department of Transportation identified data improvement as one of the priority emphasis areas in its SHSP. Each year the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) publishes a State-by-State safety data quality rating that summarizes the completeness, timeliness, accuracy, and consistency of State-reported commercial motor vehicle crash and inspection records. States receive either a poor, a fair, or a good rating. Ohio received a “fair” rating and wanted to improve its “timeliness” rating to receive Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) incentive funds.

Ohio’s TRCC is responsible for overseeing data improvements included in the SHSP. The TRCC is the perfect forum for addressing this issue since all the necessary partners are members of the committee. Ohio’s Department of Public Safety (DPS), which provides motor carrier crash data to the FMCSA, did not realize that by not meeting the Federal data reporting deadline, the State was being penalized. Through its participation in Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC) meetings, DPS learned of this problem and was able to modify its data reporting process to accommodate the deadline. The policy changes involved the department obtaining crash data from local governments in a timelier manner to meet FMCSAs data reporting requirements.

Results

By improving the timeliness of its data reporting, and therefore its safety data quality rating, Ohio received several hundred thousand dollars in MCSAP incentive funds.

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Contact:
Tom Hollingsworth
Chief, Traffic Statistics
Ohio Department of Public Safety
614-387-2800
THollingsworth@dps.state.oh.us

Publication Year: 2010

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