Posted on 4/18/2018
Progress with Crash Location Processing
|Crash location processing is moving forward, but slower than the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) State Safety Office (SSO) would like. SSO crash locators work to complete processing critical crash locations in 2017 and make those data available for immediate research. SSO crash locators also continue processing the 2016 crash location backlog. “Critical crashes” are crash records for which any of the persons involved has an injury severity of “fatal (within 30 days)” or “incapacitating” or for which the reporting officer has indicated non-vehicle property damage. The locations for critical crashes in 2016 are complete and for 2017 are about 95% complete. |
|The total crash processing for 2016 is 77% complete as of April 3, 2018. FDOT SSO has 117,464 crashes left to review before completion of location processing for 2016. SSO crash locators process 15 crash records per hour in the Crash Analysis Reporting (CAR) system for about 1,200 collective hours per month. As such, the projected completion time is 6 months.|
Location processing for the remaining 80,000 crash records in 2016 is partially automated so completion is faster than standard location processing. SSO crash locators anticipate reaching those records in about 2 months. Therefore, FDOT SSO may have a better estimate of the anticipated completion time in 2 months.
The lag in the processing time is due to two factors. First, over the last few years, the number of crash records received steadily increased from a historical annual total of about 350,000. The total for 2016 is now 515,000. However, the staff of SSO crash locators has not increased in the same timeframe. Second, FDOT SSO lost some trained crash locators on staff over the last few months. Total hours spent processing locations dropped from a monthly peak in August of 2,200 hours to a March low of 11,800 hours.
FDOT SSO is working to get more staff trained and productive in the correct location-processing systems. SSO will also expand staff to raise the number of hours that can be applied to this task long-term. FDOT SSO is also researching ways to make location processing more efficient to keep pace with the increased volume and restriction in resources.