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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2012

Contact: Barbara Harsha
(202)789-0942 x120, bharsha@ghsa.org

Portable MMUCC and New MMUCC Online Training Now Available

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new, linkable version of the 4th Edition of the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC) is available in an easy-to-use USB flash drive format. MMUCC is a voluntary guideline that helps states determine what data to collect at the scene of a motor vehicle crash. The collected crash data is used for highway safety planning and evaluation purposes.

The MMUCC USB flash drive allows the user to click on a data element attribute and then link to its definition in the Attribute Terminology List or to other appendices. “It should be especially useful for law enforcement officials. They can plug the USB flash drive into their laptop while they are in the field. This should help them as they are filling out crash reports,” said Barbara Harsha, Executive Director of the Governors Highway Safety Association. Copies of the USB flash drive can be ordered from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which funded the development of the 4th Edition, by contacting Tom Bragan, (tom.bragan@dot.gov).

The complete 4th Edition can also be downloaded from the MMUCC website, www.mmucc.us. Users can pose questions and post opinions in the “Forum” section of the website.

In addition to the new format for MMUCC, the online training has been updated to reflect the changes that were made in the 4th Edition. The training is available at www.mmucctraining.us and allows the user to access the MMUCC data elements in several different ways. There is an explanation for each element as well as each data element attribute. In some cases, there are pictures or diagrams to help the user gain a better understanding of the different attributes. All of the elements and their attributes can be exported to Excel spreadsheets, and each element or attribute can be printed out in hard copy.

Both the MMUCC USB flash drive and the updated online training are useful tools for states and localities that want to improve the way they collect crash data.

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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, enhance program management and promote best practices. 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. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GHSAhq or follow us on Twitter at @GHSAHQ.