National Center for Statistical Analysis of Highway Operations: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Transportation of the Committee on Public Works, United States Senate, Ninety-fourth Congress, Second Session, on S. 2606 ... July 20, 1976

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Page 17 - Purpose. The purpose of this guideline is to establish a uniform, comprehensive motor vehicle traffic accident investigation program for gathering information— who, what, when, where, why, and how— on motor vehicle traffic accidents and associated deaths, injuries, and property damage; and entering the information into the traffic records system for use in planning, evaluating, and furthering highway safety program goals.
Page 48 - ... regulation. This is a very neglected field, even to defining the classes of accident data that must be collected for this purpose. Another lack in existing highway safety information is of information that would clearly show the relative proportions of the fatality rate reduction over the last twenty years that are attributable to freeway construction, improvement of other highways, automotive design improvements, driver training and other factors. If such data were available, they would help...
Page 6 - Briefly, the bill eslablishes a National Center for the collection, analysis, and evaluation of highway statistics, which analysis will provide the necessary empirical basis for effective highway safety programs. The need for effective highway safety programs may be illustrated with a few figures. In 1972, the fatality rate for motor vehicle accidents ranged oetween 55,000 and 56,000 people killed annually. Nonfatal injuries were estimated at 3,800,000 with an additional 24,000,000 vehicles involved...
Page 49 - We believe the subject is important enough to justify an administrative organization in its own right, one with a dedicated mission to build a factual and adequate body of continuously updated information, a body whose objectivity and independence is assured, an organization which is positioned to allow for an appropriate level of attention not only to vehicle factors, but also to highway, traffic, and driver factors. It is strongly recommended that any such body be explicitly required to consider...
Page 17 - Center will be developed in accordance with a carefully phased and flexible plan, as provided for in the feasibility study and in S. 2606. As I have stated, the test stage of some of these programs has not yet been completed. Since we will be adjusting our plans to reflect the results of these developmental and testing efforts, our completion of the plan for the Center will take some time. But I want to assure you the effort, is well underway. I recognize the desire expressed in S. 2606 for enhancing...
Page 17 - ... study for the initial operation of a national center. While the Department sees great merit is establishing a national data center within the NHTSA, we do not believe this legislation is necessary to accomplish this purpose. The Department already has sufficient statutory authority to carry out all of the data collection and statistical analysis functions of such a center. The Department of Transportation Act, title 23 of the United States Code, and the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety...
Page 26 - ... accidents. Establishment of the proposed data center in NHTSA should help to ensure the growth and permanence of the NASS and other statistical and analytical programs relevant to Senate Bill S.2606. The Committee believes that the thoughtful collection and interpretation of data related to highway and motor vehicle safety are essential, and that establishment of the proposed data center will give needed stature and priority to this function. Attachment: NHSAC position on S.2606 US DEPARTMENT...
Page 32 - The establishment of a sound accident data base, as contemplated by this legislation, should go a long way toward improving our understanding of highway accidents and greatly assist in the proper identification of a safety need. Moreover, the availability of such data will contribute to the development of cost effective countermeasures.
Page 26 - ... Statistical Analysis of Highway Operations) Before The Transportation Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Public Works July 20, 1976 My name is Susan Baker. I am here today as a member and representative of the national Highway Safety Advisory Committee, a group created by the Highway Safety Act of 1966. Members are appointed by the President to advise the Secretary of Transportation on matters relating to all highway safety programs carried out by the Department. The Committee is comprised...
Page 48 - In addition, however, there's a whole series of Federal Motor Vehicles Standards on things relating to accident prevention: tires, brakes, lights, visibility, controls, etc. But there are hardly any accident data adequate to determine...

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