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Posted on 8/28/2018

Common Crash Data Systems

Several crash data systems with query functions exist for interested users. The most common data systems in Florida include but are not limited to (1)the FIRES (Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System) by the FLHSMV (Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles), (2) the CAR (Crash Analysis Reporting) system by the FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation), (3)the SSOGis (State Safety Office Geographic Information System) web-based map by FDOT, and (4) Signal Four Analytics by the GeoPlan Center at UF (University of Florida) with the Florida TRCC (Traffic Records Coordinating Committee).
LexisNexis, Inc developed and maintains the FIRES website on behave of the FLHSMV. It serves as a portal into the State of Florida’s repository for traffic crash reports completed by Florida law enforcement agencies. It is accessible to the public. Advanced query features may be accessed after getting a FIRES user account.

The FDOT SSO (State Safety Office) developed and maintains the CAR system. It contains a subset of crash data available in FIRES, specifically FTCR (Florida Traffic Crash Report) long form data. The FDOT SSO adds geolocation and roadway data. It is accessible to FDOT staff and FDOT contractors with proper AARF (Access Account Request Form) permissions. Users have access to advanced query features.

The FDOT SSO also developed and maintains the SSOGis. It visualizes data from CAR in a web-based map interface. It is accessible to the public. Query functions, data visualization features, and shapefile creation functions are available to all users.

The GeoPlan Center at UF with support from the Florida TRCC developed and maintains Signal Four Analytics. It is a statewide interactive, web-based geospatial crash analytical tool. Signal Four Analytics contains geolocation information using different processes than FDOT. As a result, location-based questions answered using Signal Four analytics will differ from answers using the CAR system or SSOGis. It is accessible to Florida government agencies and their contractors or consultants.

Links to these systems may be found using a web search using Google or Bing. Links are also provided below. The FDOT SSO recommends using FDOT crash data systems for crash analysis and evaluations for FDOT projects.