Current UMTC Research Projects
Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash Data Quality Improvement

Dr. Michael A. Knodler Jr., Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Robin Riessman, Co-Principal Investigator
Associate Director, UMassSafe Program
University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Sponsor: Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles

Abstract:
The purpose of this project is to build upon the findings of the FMCSA’s Massachusetts Data Quality Review to continue to improve the completeness (fatal and nonfatal crashes, driver, and vehicle identification), timeliness, accuracy, and consistency as well as overall quantity and quality of police-collected CMV crash data. The initiatives will enhance the accuracy, speed, and completeness of the collection and reporting of CMV crash information for all components of our records systems (CDs, SafteyNet, etc.) This will be accomplished by providing training and technical assistance to the law enforcement community, as well as technical assistance and project evaluation for the current Massachusetts countermeasures to improve the quality of CMV crash data. 1.) Increase the Massachusetts CMV crash reporting timeliness measure by 14 percentage points from 71% to 85% by 2010. 2.) Increase the Massachusetts CMV crash reporting completeness measure by 15 percentage points from 70% to 85% by 2010. 3.) Increase the Massachusetts CMV crash reporting accuracy measure by 5 percentage points from 91% to 96% by 2010.

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