State Highway Safety Showcase
MassTRAC Online Crash and Citation Database
At the start of FFY 2009, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD) had limited access to crash and citation data, which were housed in different locations and required manual processes for analyses. Through the FFY 2010 and FFY 2011 Highway Safety Plans, EOPSS/HSD was able to revitalize and improve upon a data storage and analysis tool to aid in problem identification and analysis.
MassTRAC screen shot.
The MassTRAC (Massachusetts Traffic Records Analysis Center) program was created with the technical assistance of Cambridge Systematics during FFY 2009 to address limitations in the availability and accuracy of crash and citation data in the Commonwealth. EOPSS/ HSD continued to make updates and improvements to this web-based tool during FFY 2011, and sought to train as many police departments and personnel cross the state as possible.
MassTRAC provides users with the ability to:
- Perform key spatial and statistical analytic functions using crash, person, and vehicle data;
- Create map-based displays and perform spatial queries of crash locations;
- Evaluate crash data and relate it to underlying road network characteristics;
- Generate statistical summaries and tabulations of crash, person, and vehicle characteristics; and
- Generate standard reports to be used in development of various highway safety plans.
MassTRAC software provides quick and easy user access to crash data, tabulations, maps, and counts of crashes, vehicles, drivers, passengers and nonmotorists. Predefined filters and classifications are designed to support the needs of users with various levels of skill and training, and ad hoc reporting functions allow users to produce custom reports of crash statistics for any subset of records.
EOPSS/HSD, in conjunction with the Registry of Motor Vehicles and other partners, is continuously working to identify ways to further improve the system, from adding additional query fields to the database to updating the crash and citation reporting forms for all police officers to conducting more advanced training sessions across the Commonwealth. An estimated 100 traffic safety stakeholders have attended 13 no-cost training sessions since the application was developed.
EOPSS/HSD will continue to run introductory training sessions through the Municipal Police Training Committee during FFY 2012 and also hopes to identify a cadre of advanced users who will become regional trainers of the software.
- Barbara Rizzuti
Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division