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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2007

Contact: Jonathan Adkins
(202)789-0942
(202)669-9746 (cell)

Traffic Records Forum Attendees Encouraged to Provide Input on Voluntary Crash Data Guideline at Workshop

Developers of Voluntary Crash Data Guideline Welcome Comments to Update and Revise MMUCC

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Highway safety, law enforcement, public health and other stakeholder groups that use the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC) Guideline are invited to attend a workshop that will allow them to help update and revise the MMUCC Guideline. The workshop will take place on Thursday, July 26, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis. It is being held in conjunction with the 33rd International Forum on Traffic Records, which is set for July 22-26 in the same location.

"The Traffic Records Forum attracts the nation's leading authorities on the collection and use of data to make our roadways safer, and attendees will provide invaluable input at the workshop," said Barbara Harsha, Executive Director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), which is a co-sponsor of the MMUCC update effort. "The MMUCC Guideline plays a critical role in programs to prevent deaths and injuries caused by crashes, and we encourage Traffic Records Forum attendees to participate in the workshop and help us update this useful safety tool."

The MMUCC Guideline represents a "model" minimum data set that can be adapted as necessary to meet a state's specific needs. The first edition of the MMUCC Guideline was jointly developed in 1998 by GHSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration, with the collaboration of other federal agencies, and numerous state and local agencies and organizations. The second edition was published in 2003 with the additional sponsorship of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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. The workshop at the Traffic Records Forum is an important milestone leading up to the release of the next version of MMUCC, and it will help to ensure that the Guideline accurately reflects current traffic safety research and data collection objectives.

"A variety of stakeholders have provided input in every phase of MMUCC development, and that has played a key role in its success," continued Harsha. "The workshop at the Traffic Records Forum is a unique opportunity for us to tap into the expertise of respected leaders in the highway safety community."

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in three breakout sessions focusing on crash, vehicle and person data elements, along with a closing session featuring group reports, implementation strategies, and open questions and discussion. A continental breakfast and a lunch will be provided. There is no cost to participate in the MMUCC update meeting, but if you would like to attend the Traffic Records Forum sessions you must pay registration fees. Complete and submit the registration form to attend the one-day MMUCC expert panel meeting, and visit the websites for MMUCC or GHSA for further information.

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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.