The importance of a good records system in answering questions from the public is discussed, and the observation is made of the existence not of a general 'public' but of 'publics' i.e. groups of people with similar motivations, desires, dislikes, goals, etc. Obvious groups are the police, prosecutors, traffic engineers, public health agencies, etc. The utility of a good records system may be maximized by (1) frankness about flaws, weaknesses or gaps in the data produced a demonstration of the value of even incomplete data may encourage improvements in the data gathering; (2) records keepers and analysts becoming better informed about the traffic safety problem, become more perceptive and understanding of the requirements of administrators, to anticipate future requirements and develop data to meet such needs and to be more innovative in demonstrating to administrators and planners what data is available and/or could be available. Shortcomings have been noted in the issuance of records system data to the popular media.

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  • Accession Number: 00097400
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1975 12:00AM