The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has again made traffic crash data more accessible for Virginians interested in gaining a better understanding of crashes occurring in their neighborhoods.
DMV’s Highway Safety Office recently added an interactive Crash Locations Map to its website. The new feature allows users to easily view information on crashes occurring locally or anywhere across the state and filter those crashes to street level. The data can also be narrowed by year and by more than a dozen crash factors, such as speed, alcohol or texting.
“Educating drivers is an important part of crash prevention,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “This new feature allows Virginians to see where crashes occur most in their neighborhoods and the factors causing those crashes. With this information, you might use extra caution when traveling through a particular intersection or remind a new driver of the hazards of driving at an unsafe speed on a road near your home where speed-related crashes happen regularly.”
All of these features are part of the Highway Safety Office’s state-of-the-art automated Traffic Records Electronic Data System (TREDS) that centralizes all of Virginia’s crash data and related information. The public gained access to TREDS through DMV’s website for the first time in August 2011, and now citizens can search for more specific, usable data. No personal driver information is published.
TREDS is Virginia’s “one-stop-shop” for accurate, timely and detailed highway safety information for analysis and reporting. TREDS data is used to save lives specifically to support Virginia’s efforts to reduce crashes, injuries, fatalities and associated costs.