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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2011

Contact: Cathy Gillen, 443-463-4449, cathy@cathygillen.com or
Jonathan Adkins, 202-789-0942 x13, jadkins@ghsa.org

Changes to Crash Data Guidelines Posted
and Available for Final Review

Deadline for Final Comments to MMUCC is September 30

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On August 3, 2011, comments on the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC) guidelines were received from interested parties as part of the Traffic Records Forum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Those changes are now posted and can be viewed at www.mmucc.us/content/proposed-data-element-changes.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is managing the MMUCC update process with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). GHSA and NHTSA are now seeking comments to the proposed changes online – in the Forum section of the MMUCC website at www.mmucc.us – by September 30, 2011.

MMUCC contains voluntary guidelines that help states determine what crash data to collect for a wide range of traffic safety planning applications. The 3rd Edition of MMUCC, adopted in 2008, is available at www.mmucc.us.

A MMUCC Expert Panel consisting of state and local law enforcement officials, state traffic records coordinators, state department of transportation representatives, state health officials, members of the research community, and officials from five federal agencies has been organized to oversee the update effort. The Expert Panel is particularly interested in capturing data for emerging issues (such as distracted driving crashes, crashes involving unconventional vehicles, and off roadway incidents) and better defining serious injury crashes and speeding-related crashes.

The Panel is seeking comments with the goal of producing an improved 4th Edition of MMUCC early next year. Its goal is to make this resource the best it can be for safety stakeholders across the country.

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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)® is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit www.ghsa.org.