Virginia Highway Safety Office News ReleasesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 09, 2015
Media Contact: Brandy Brubaker
Department of Motor Vehicles
New Interactive Map Allows Virginians to Search for High-Crash Areas
Street-Level Details for Roads, Intersections Available
RICHMOND - If someone is relocating to or within the Commonwealth, or if a teen is learning to drive, knowing where in Virginia the highest numbers of crashes are occurring is valuable information.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle's Highway Safety Office recently added an interactive High Crash Location Map to its website. The new feature allows users to select a year and road type, and use the map to view where the most crashes are happening in Virginia, called clusters. Further, they can access each cluster to obtain specific details about the crashes that occurred on those roads and intersections.
"Knowing exactly where problem areas are on our roadways is very important information for safety advocates and the general public," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative. "For example, if you are planning to move to Virginia, you can use the High Crash Location Map to see if the area where you are moving is safe in terms of the roadways."
In addition to the High Crash Location Map, an existing interactive feature that allows users to create a Crash Data Report on the Highway Safety Office's website has been upgraded. Previously, users could create reports for total number of crashes for a particular area and/or time period. Now, for example, users can create a report for all the distracted driver-involved crashes during a specific time period, in a particular county or city in Virginia. Some of the other 13 new search options include alcohol-related crashes, motorcycle crashes, bicycle and pedestrian-involved crashes and teen-driver crashes. Users can further break these down by month, day of the week, age group, region of Virginia or city/county.
Both the High Crash Location Map and Interactive Crash Data Report features are part of the Highway Safety Office's state-of-the-art automated Traffic Records Electronic Data System (TREDS) that centralizes all of Virginia's crash data and related information. The public gained access to TREDS for the first time in August 2011, and now citizens can search for more specific, usable data. No personal driver information is published.
TREDS is Virginia's "one-stop-shop" for accurate, timely and detailed highway safety information for analysis and reporting. TREDS data is used to save lives - specifically to support Virginia's efforts to reduce crashes, injuries, fatalities and associated costs.