FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2007
Contact: Jonathan Adkins
Redesigned Crash Records Website Enhances Access to Vital Traffic Records System
New Resources Added to www.mmucc.us for Highway Safety Professionals
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The redesigned website for the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC) voluntary crash data guidelines has gone online and offers traffic safety professionals a wealth of new resources and information, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The site gives visitors instant access to the MMUCC data elements, web-based training and background information.
“Highway safety professionals all over America find that the voluntary MMUCC guidelines help them collect crash data that can make their roadways safer, and the website plays a critical role in helping them access this useful resource,” said Barbara Harsha, Executive Director of GHSA, which is involved in and supportive of MMUCC. “The enhancements we made to the site are based on feedback we received from a variety of people in state DOTs and DMVs, law enforcement, safety groups, and other stakeholders who use it in their jobs.”
First developed in 1998 by a team of traffic records experts, MMUCC is a set of voluntary guidelines for states to collect more accurate, consistent crash data that are more effective for identifying traffic safety problems, establishing goals and performance measures, and monitoring the progress of problems. A panel of experts has updated the MMUCC data elements every five years since they were established, and the next updated version will be released in 2008.
“We welcome feedback from the traffic safety professionals about what they would like to see in the next edition of MMUCC,” continued Harsha. “The forum on the MMUCC website offers a convenient way to provide input, and we encourage people in the field to take advantage of the opportunity to help guide the development of the updated guidelines.”
In the months leading up to the release of the updated MMUCC guidelines, an expert panel will hold a series of meetings to develop the new data set. In addition to NHTSA and GHSA, other groups that are helping to update MMUCC include the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and USDOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration. The MMUCC team encourages states that are updating their crash reporting forms to include the MMUCC data elements and recommends that anyone who shares a stake in highway safety to bookmark www.mmucc.us for an invaluable traffic safety resource.
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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 and enhance program management. 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.