University at Albany
 

Members of the ITSMR TSSR team: (Standing, from left) Chris Allain, Yihong Yao, Renee Varone and Don Terry (Seated, from left) Jamal Goddard, Hilda Hardy and Joel Lord

Up-to-Date Crash Data from New York State Available Online

The public now has direct access to New York State’s motor vehicle crash data, through a new online data system called the Traffic Safety Statistical Repository (TSSR). Users can visit the system at https://www.itsmr.org/tssr, where they can view interactive reports about crashes that occurred on New York’s roadways from 2009 forward, based on data from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)’s Accident Information System. Preliminary data are refreshed monthly, providing New Yorkers with up-to-date information on crashes statewide.

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From left, ITSMR staff members Joel Lord, Hilda
Hardy, Jamal Goddard and Chris Allain discuss the
TSSR system.

The project was designed and implemented by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR), a research center within the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. Funding for the TSSR was provided by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC)

The TSSR was developed with the goal of meeting the data needs of the public, researchers and the state's traffic safety partners. Previously, users had to submit separate requests for crash data to different agencies. Released in March 2016, the dynamic TSSR system gives users direct access to the information they need. The TSSR reduces errors in how the crash data are used by minimizing the extent to which people have to analyze, interpret, and compile the data themselves. Users can customize, print, save, and email reports.

“It has been said that the frequency of traffic crashes can be reduced as long as we have the ability to predict how, when, why and where they are occurring,” said Chuck DeWeese, assistant commissioner for the GTSC.  “The new online Traffic Safety Statistical Repository provides both the public and traffic safety professionals with near real-time data to determine how, when, why and where crashes are happening. The GTSC is excited about the current capabilities of the TSSR and even more excited about its ability to expand in the future to create a warehouse of critical traffic safety data.”

A Wide Variety of Crash Information

The TSSR generates reports on crashes statewide, at the county level and at the municipality level.  Reports are available on total crashes, motorcycle, pedestrian, bicycle and large truck crashes. Separate reports show data on alcohol-related, drug-related, and speed-related crashes.  The tables provide a wide variety of information, including:

  • Number of persons killed and injured, by their age and their role in the crash (driver, passenger, pedestrian, bicyclist)
  • Driver age and gender
  • Safety equipment used (restraints and helmets)
  • Day of week/time of day of the crash
  • Crash contributing factors

Expanding the Repository – Ticket Data and Location Data

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New York State Crash Summary tables from the TSSR
system
“Recognizing that the TSSR will be a valuable resource for accessing the state’s traffic safety data, ITSMR will expand the system over the coming months to include new reports as well as other types of traffic safety data,” said ITSMR Director Debra Rood.

Plans are underway to add traffic ticket and conviction data from the New York State DMV ticket systems. Using Geographic Information System (GIS) software, ITSMR also plans to integrate location data and demographic characteristics with crash and ticket events.

ITSMR was established in 1978 to provide a link between the State University of New York and New York State government that would facilitate the application of academic expertise to mitigating and solving traffic safety problems. From its inception, ITSMR has played a key role in New York State’s highway safety program and has become a national leader in conducting research and evaluation studies on major traffic safety issues. For more information, visit www.itsmr.org.


Article originally published on August 1, 2016
Contact: Mary Hunt at (518) 442-5264