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2023 B E H A V I O R A L T R A F F I C S A F E T Y C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M BTSCRP RESEARCH REPORT 5 Research sponsored by the Governors Highway Safety Association and National Highway Traf c Safety Administration Subscriber Categories Operations and Traf c Management â¢ Safety and Human Factors Strategies to Improve State Traffi c Citation and Adjudication Outcomes Justin M. Owens Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Blacksburg, VA 16342-00b_FM-3rdPgs.indd 1 1/12/23 2:05 PM
BEHAVIORAL TRAFFIC SAFETY COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Since the widespread introduction of motor vehicles more than a century ago, crashes involving their operation remain a significant public health concern. While there have been enormous improvements in highway design and construction, as well as motor vehicle safety, which have been instrumental in lowering the rate of crashes per mil- lion miles in the United States, more than 35,000 people die every year in motor vehicle crashes. In far too many cases, the root causes of the crashes are the unsafe behaviors of motor vehicle operators, cyclists, and pedestrians. Understanding human behaviors and developing effective countermeasures to unsafe ones is difficult and remains a major weakness in our traffic safety efforts. The Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program (BTSCRP) develops practical solutions to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce costs of road traffic crashes associated with unsafe behav- iors. BTSCRP is a forum for coordinated and collaborative research efforts. It is managed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) under the direction and oversight of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) with funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Funding for the program was originally established in Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), Subsection 402(c), which created the National Cooperative Research and Evaluation Program (NCREP). Fixing Americaâs Surface Transportation (FAST) Act continued the program. In 2017, GHSA entered into an agreement with TRB to manage the research activities, with the program name changed to Behavioral Traf- fic Safety Cooperative Research Program. The GHSA Executive Board serves as the governing board for the BTSCRP. The Board consists of officers, representatives of the 10 NHTSA regions, and committee and task force chairs. The Research Committee Chair appoints committee members who recommend projects for funding and provide oversight for the activities of BTSCRP. Its ultimate goal is to oversee a quality research program that is committed to addressing research issues fac- ing State Highway Safety Offices. The Executive Board meets annu- ally to approve research projects. Each selected project is assigned to a panel, appointed by TRB, which provides technical guidance and counsel throughout the life of the project. The majority of panel mem- bers represent the intended users of the research projects and have an important role in helping to implement the results. BTSCRP produces a series of research reports and other products such as guidebooks for practitioners. Primary emphasis is placed on disseminating BTSCRP results to the intended users of the research: State Highway Safety Offices and their constituents. 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR BTSCRP RESEARCH REPORT 5 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Waseem Dekelbab, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Richard Retting, Senior Program Officer Dajaih Bias-Johnson, Senior Program Assistant Natalie Barnes, Director of Publications Heather DiAngelis, Associate Director of Publications Sreyashi Roy, Editor BTSCRP PROJECT BTS-04 PANEL Kevin P. Dusko, Montana Department of Transportation, Helena, MT (Chair) Heather M. Barkholtz, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, WI Andrew H. Ceifetz, WSP, Walled Lake, MI Jeremy R. Chapman, Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc., Asheville, NC Staci Hoff, Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), Olympia, WA Lorrie J. Laing, Cambridge Systematics, Columbus, OH Stacey Manware, Connecticut Judicial Branch, Wethersfield, CT Eduardo Romano, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Beltsville, MD Amy Berning, NHTSA Liaison
BTSCRP Research Report 5 provides an evidence-based approach to help states improve the tracking, sharing, communication, and accessibility of traffic citation data. The research team conducted a systematic review of current practices regarding state citation tracking efforts; identified methods to potentially improve data tracking, sharing, communication, and accessibility; and developed a set of practical deliverables including an interactive toolkit and a series of fact sheets. This report and the interactive toolkit will be of interest to state highway safety offices, traffic records officials, and other stakeholders concerned with improv- ing the tracking, sharing, communication, and accessibility of traffic citation data. Traffic citation and adjudication data systems, while interdependent across states, have different state-specific data elements, protocols, formats, personnel, and are managed by separate state agencies. This can impede clear communication and synergy among these systems. Responsibility for traffic citation and adjudication data systems is shared among various data-owning agencies, from local to statewide. For traffic records purposes, the goal of the citation and adjudication systems is to collect all the information relevant to traffic- related citations in a central, statewide repository (and linked to appropriate federal data systems) so the information can be analyzed by authorized users to improve and promote traffic safety. Ideally, information from these systems also supports traffic safety analysis that identifies trends in citation issuance, prosecution, and case disposition. The ability of state agencies to track citation, adjudication, and disposition data accurately and effectively is essential for the identification and appropriate adjudication of problem drivers and habitual offenders. Highway safety officials have long recognized the need to improve the overall quality and integration of traffic citation and adjudication systems. BTSCRP Project BTS-04 was undertaken to identify challenges and barriers to effective citation data tracking along with proven strategies and solutions to address these chal- lenges, with the ultimate goal of improving roadway safety by helping states improve their traffic records data and integration across distinct data systems. For this research project, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute was asked to (1) conduct a systematic review of current practices regarding state citation tracking efforts; (2) identify methods to poten- tially improve data tracking, sharing, communication, and accessibility; and (3) develop practical deliverables that could be used by states to help improve their traffic records data and integration. F O R E W O R D By Richard Retting Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
C O N T E N T S 1 Summary 2 ChapterÂ 1 Background 4 Objectives 4 Project Management 5 ChapterÂ 2 State Traffic Citation and Adjudication Tracking Efforts 5 Information on Citation and Adjudication Tracking Systems 6 Interviews with Highway Officials from Representative States 7 Data Analysis and Synthesis 9 ChapterÂ 3 Improving Data Tracking, Sharing, Communication, and Accessibility 9 Structural Challenges 11 Data Content Challenges 13 Digital Transition-Related Challenges 15 Strategies and Solutions 20 Lessons Learned 20 Conclusion 21 ChapterÂ 4 Improving the Ability of States to Track Citation and Adjudication Data 22 ChapterÂ 5 Recommendations for Future Research 22 Longitudinal Analyses 22 Implications of Technological Advances 22 Interstate Benefits of Standardization 23 Further Collaborative Opportunities 23 Standardized Methods to Align Data 23 Ways to Engage the Public 24 References A-1 Appendix A State-Level Data Collection Review and Synthesis B-1 Appendix B Tracking State Traffic Citation and Adjudication Outcomes: Summary Presentation C-1 Appendix C Technical Memorandum: Implementation ofÂ Research Findings and Products D-1 Appendix D Toolkit for Improving Citation and Adjudication Tracking: Slides
E-1 Appendix E Toolkit for Improving Citation and Adjudication Tracking: Voiceover Script F-1 Appendix F Resources for Improving Citation and Adjudication Tracking Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at nap.nationalacademies.org) retains the color versions.