State plans accident reporting system

State plans accident reporting system

Vermont's Transportation Agency is planning a new system, tied to a new business process, that will help keep its roads as safe as possible.

'We really want to increase our quantity of accident information and thereby change the quality of what we're putting out,' said Mary Godin, highway research supervisor in Transportation's Technical Services Division.

Last year, the division dismantled the mainframe-run Vermont Accident System because it wasn't ready for 2000. It dumped the data into an interim Microsoft Access system, which it is using to run required analyses. The analyses help the agency correct trouble spots on the streets with everything from flashing lights to construction.

The division now keys in accident data from Motor Vehicles Department reports, which by law must receive data about events such as fatalities, injuries and accidents of more than $1,000 in damage, Godin said.

Bump and grind

'Any fender benders, cars going off the road'we don't get that,' she said. That information stays with the State Police, which isn't required to report it further.

The agencies plan to change all that with a new process and a new system running an Oracle Corp. database.

Under the plan, major accident data would come directly to Transportation rather than first going through DMV. And the system would link to the State Police system for data on minor accidents.

'If there's a wicked curve and cars are just sliding off there, you want to address that,' Godin said.

Ultimately, Transportation would like to make the accident data electronically available to not only AOT or state agencies but to other parties as well, she said.

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