THE USE OF COMPUTERS IN THE PRODUCTION OF ACCIDENT STATISTICS IN WEST SUSSEX

THE AUTHOR DESCRIBES HOW THE NEW METHOD OF RECORDING AND PRODUCING ACCIDENT STATISTICS USED IN WEST SUSSEX HAS BEEN INFLUENCED BY THE ISSUE OF THE RECENT WHITE PAPER ON ROAD SAFETY AND BY THE AMALGAMATION OF THE LOCAL POLICE FORCES. THE OBJECTIVES OF THE NEW SYSTEM ARE OUTLINED. THESE WERE TO SUPERSEDE THE OLD MANUAL METHODS OF PRODUCING SUMMARIES, TO DETERMINE "BLACK SPOTS", TO ENABLE READY PRESENTATION OF STATISTICAL INFORMATION NEEDED FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENT AND MANAGEMENT SCHEMES AND TO HIGHLIGHT THE NEED FOR EDUCATING THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN SAFETY MATTERS. THE REMAINDER OF THE PAPER IS CONCERNED WITH THE WAY IN WHICH USE IS MADE OF COMPUTERS TO IMPLEMENT THE SCHEME. AFTER DESCRIBING THE MEASURES THAT ARE TAKEN TO IMPROVE THE RELIABILITY OF THE RAW DATA AND TO INCREASE THE ACCURACY OF THE SCHEME BY USING 8-DIGIT. NATIONAL GRID REFERENCES, THE AUTHOR DEVOTES THE REMAINDER OF THE PAPER TO DESCRIBING THE WAY IN WHICH COMPUTERS ARE USED TO PRODUCE ACCIDENT STATISTICS. THE SYSTEM CONSISTS OF FOUR BASIC PROGRAM COMPONENTS. THE FIRST IS FOR DATA INPUT, ITS VALIDATION AND THE CREATION OF A MASTER FILE. THE SECOND PROVIDES A MONTHLY SUMMARY CLASSIFIED ACCORDING TO ROAD SAFETY AREA AND COUNTY COUNCIL DIVISIONS. THE THIRD IS A "BLACK SPOT" PROGRAMME WHICH INDICATES THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS IN SPECIFIED AREAS AND DURING SPECIFIED PERIODS OF TIME BY MEANS OF A DIGITAL PLOTTER. THE FOURTH IS A GENERAL PURPOSE PROGRAMME FOR SPECIAL SEARCHES AND TO ENABLE PARTICULAR PRESENTATIONS AND REPORTS TO BE PRODUCED.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at Road Accident Seminar, London, 21-23 June 1972
  • Corporate Authors:

    Planning and Transport Res and Computation Co, Ltd

    40 Grosvenor Gardens
    London SW1,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Houlton, J M
  • Publication Date: 1972

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081159
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1975 12:00AM