There has been a growing emphasis in the United States on seeking ways of reducing the leading cause of death and disabling injuries (till the age of 44 years) - traffic accidents. Every year the nation loses over 40,000 of its residents due to traffic crashes. The seriousness of the problem can be well understood when we compare traffic accidents with crime statistics (Appendix I). Appendix I portrays the sad truth of the severity of the situation. Statistics also show (Appendix II) that fatal crashes are highest on the local urban roads, particularly when we compare it to the vehicle miles traveled (VMT). This makes these roads unsafe for all types of road users, particularly the most vulnerable pedestrians and bicyclists. Many of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented if an accident tracking system was in place that could track the most dangerous roads and intersections based on the number of incidents, and then adopt appropriate enforcement, engineering, and other remedial measures. This paper offers a solution for the same by developing a comprehensive GIS based accident tracking system, Traffic Engineering Accident Record System (TEARS). TEARS, as has been developed, will help in analyzing the engineering, land use, and enforcement related issues that are contributing to the spatial distribution of accidents. In order to test the feasibility of TEARS in traffic accident management and control on the local roads and arterials of California, a case-study will be provided.

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  • Authors:
    • Nag, S
    • Sarkar, S
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  • Publication Date: 1998


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  • Accession Number: 00767325
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VTI konferens 9A part 7
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 3 1999 12:00AM