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Traffic safety -- Oregon, Traffic accidents -- Investigation -- Oregon, Police reports, Web applications


In most states, police officers and trained investigators complete crash reports for nearly all reportable crashes that occur on public roads. Many states have made significant improvements in the quality and timeliness of their crash data systems by implementing, in addition to other improvements, electronic filing of these reports by police officers. Oregon relies on citizen reports for a majority of their crash data and paper forms must be submitted to the responsible state agency and are then manually coded into the crash data system. Police reports are also paper based. This process limits the improvements that can be made in both the quality and timeliness of data unless enhancements can be made to the reporting process. This paper summarizes the preliminary results of a study on the feasibility of implementing a web-based system for reporting crashes, with a focus on citizen reporting and to a lesser extent police reporting.


Presented at the Institute of Transportation Engineers, District 6 Annual Meeting, Kalispell, Montana, July 10-13, 2005.

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