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Winter 2009 | Vol. 12 | No. 1
New FHWA Products, Websites of Interest
The Model Minimum Inventory of Roadway Elements (MMIRE) is moving toward final development and evaluation. MMIRE consists of 180 data elements, 128 of which are first priority with the remainder second priority. The intent of MMIRE is similar to the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC)-to develop a standardized set of data elements that all states can collect to improve their planning processes. The resultant MMIRE data will enhance the identification of problem roadway locations, facilitate programmatic decisions about those locations and enable better enforcement at those locations. MMIRE is intended to be a companion to MMUCC and will help states meet the requirements established under SAFETEA-LU to collect safety data on all roadways. Information about MMIRE can be found at www.mmire.org. GHSA also has links to MMUCC and NEMSIS (the standardized EMS database) on its traffic records links page: http://www.ghsa.org/html/links/issues.html#trafrec.
In December 2008, FHWA published an updated regulation on the Section 148 Highway Safety Improvement Program and touched on some of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) requirements. There is now greater consistency between the SHSP statutory requirements and the implementing regulations. The new regulations clarify that the SHSP need not be project specific, requires states to regularly evaluate their SHSPs and mandates them to collect data on crash, vehicle, continued on the right continued from left traffic and roadway (but not citation) data for all public roadways. The final regulation also specifies the process for flexing up to 10% of HSIP funds into other safety programs. A copy of the final rulemaking can be found by clicking on: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-30168.pdf.