CRASH DATA PUTS CITY IN THE KNOW FOR IMPROVED TRAFFIC SAFETY
In 2017, there were 1,094 fatal traffic crashes resulting in 1,179 traffic fatalities on Ohio roadways.
We believe that data and technology can help reduce this number in the future.
Today, professionals responsible for managing and improving the safety of our transportation system must often rely on dispersed and sometimes outdated or incomplete traffic information. Data on speed limits, intersection controls, guardrails and more is maintained by numerous agencies. Crash records may not be available for at least a week or more. Still other data, such as data from on-board units that log vehicle speeds, location, time, acceleration, deceleration, traction control or road impact events, is not available to transportation planners and engineers.
Smart Columbus is committed to improving the range and timeliness of data available about the transportation system to increase safety on our roadways. Developing a resource for gathering, storing, analyzing and visualizing real-time and historical data about the transportation network will provide a more complete picture of travel conditions and allow for more proactive identification and resolution of safety issues. More accessible data could also help the network operate more efficiently by allowing traffic engineers to respond and adapt to real-time conditions.
Outside of historical data, the compilation of weather conditions, time of day, traffic volumes and other data could allow for predictive modeling of high-risk conditions and then alert the traffic management center and emergency services to the presence of those conditions in real-time to help mitigate future risks. Near-miss information can increase the number of data points available to help planners and engineers proactively implement safety improvements. Data on irregular traffic patterns, such as four-way stop behavior at a signalized intersection, could alert the traffic management center to system malfunctions and dispatch police to maintain traffic before a collision occurs.
We’re publishing available traffic safety data and also calling on traffic data owners to share their data to help make our streets safer.
Users of the data will include transportation engineers and planners working for local, county, regional and state government agencies. Public safety personnel may also be key users if their ability to respond to unsafe roadway conditions is enhanced. Researchers represent another potential user of the data, as more robust information may provide new insights into factors that contribute to unsafe conditions. A variety of private-sector users, such as transportation network companies, automakers and traffic control manufacturers would also be likely users of solutions developed through this use case.
We invite you to review the data available today to help us discover the traffic safety solutions of the future. Please continue checking back as this data becomes even more robust throughout the course of the Smart Columbus project initiatives.