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GHSA News Release

August 5, 2008

Contact: Jonathan Adkins

Updated Crash Data Collection Guideline Released

3rd Edition, Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (2008) Available at

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) today released the 3rd Edition, Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC), and the new Guideline has been posted with other updated background information on

MMUCC is a voluntary guideline that helps states collect consistent, reliable crash data. This data is used for identifying traffic safety problems, establishing goals and performance measures, monitoring the progress of programs, and allocating resources for enforcement, engineering and education. Some of America’s leading traffic safety experts worked together to develop and update the Guideline, including representatives from groups in safety, engineering, emergency medical services, law enforcement, the research community and federal agencies. First published in 1998, the Guideline has been updated every five years since, and MMUCC compliance among states has steadily increased during that time.

“MMUCC has allowed states all across America to significantly improve the quality of the crash data they collect, which is an invaluable asset for effective implementation of highway safety programs,” said Barbara Harsha, the executive director of GHSA and a member of the expert panel that oversaw development of the 3rd Edition, MMUCC (2008). “Updating MMUCC every five years has allowed us to address emerging issues such as distracted driving and all terrain vehicle crashes, and the collaborative approach to updating the Guideline has played a key role in keeping it current.”

To help encourage states to become MMUCC compliant, Traffic Safety Information System Improvement Grants are available under Section 408 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), the current federal transportation legislation. In order to receive one of the grants, a state must certify that it has adopted and uses model data elements identified by the Secretary of Transportation or that it will use Section 408 grant funds toward adopting and using the maximum number of such model data elements as soon as practicable. The MMUCC elements were identified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as one set of model data elements that apply to Section 408.

“The federal data improvement grants under Section 408 of SAFETEA-LU provide states with further incentive to consider MMUCC when they update their crash data forms,” Harsha continued. “The newly redesigned MMUCC website has information on how to apply for Section 408 funding.”

The MMUCC website – – offers a one-stop source for information on the Guideline. The site was recently redesigned and includes a wealth of background material, including web-based training on each of the data elements, and a discussion forum that allows visitors to ask questions about MMUCC implementation and engage in dialogue with fellow traffic safety professionals.

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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