DOT Commits $600,000 to Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center

The state of Connecticut Department of Transportation has committed $600,000 dollars to the 6 month old Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center (CTSRC). CTSRC shares the Longley Building on UConn’s Depot Campus with CTLS.

The CTSRC is a relatively new program which is working to transcribe handwritten and typed police vehicle accident reports into digital files which are mapped on a Geographic Information System (GIS).

An example of a popular GIS is Google Earth. In its case, business reviews, and roadways are data points in one gigantic system. The CTRSC model will map the time, and location of vehicle crashes in the state of Connecticut, as they relate to roadways.  This will help Government officials analyze crash data more efficiently and thoroughly than ever before.

In an announcement with UConn Provost Mun Choi, and DOT Commisioner Jim Redeker, Governor Dannel Malloy said that CTRSC will “[help] make our highways safer, and will save taxpayer dollars in the process. The system modernizes crash reporting – law enforcement can file reports faster, first responders can clear crash scenes more quickly, and traffic flow will be restored sooner.”