The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has experienced various benefits Since 2003 as a result of the state’s Electronic Traffic Information Processing initiative known as eTRIP. WSDOT has documented the following:
Statewide Electronic Collision & Ticket Online Records (SECTOR): Since 2006 WSDOT has been receiving collision reports electronically directly from law enforcement officers in the field. Over this course of time, the number of collision reports submitted electronically has grown to 75%. It is anticipated that the percentage will be 83% by the end of 2015. Benefits of receiving electronic records include:
- Receiving the collision information in a timelier manner, the time it took WSDOT to receive a collision report from a law enforcement officer decreased from an average of 16 days for reports submitted by paper to 3 days for reports submitted electronically.
- Eliminating redundant data entry and the incorporation of business edits in the field have contributed to greatly improving the quality of the collision data. The percentage of reports returned by WSP for corrections has decreased from 10% in 2006 to less than 1% in 2014.
- The typed narrative and the embedded diagram tool are much easier to read.
Automating the County Location Coding Form Process: In December of 2012 WSDOT implemented a web based application that allows a county engineer to receive a collision report, review it, and submit their local roadway location information directly into the collision record. This application replaced a paper based process of emailing hard copies of the collision report and CLCF form to each of the 39 county engineering offices within the state. Before the implementation of this web page it took an average of 122 days for a county engineer to receive a collision report and submit the location information. Today it averages 8 days.
“…The new approach has facilitated an extremely efficient CLCF process. We used to get notice of an accident causing damage to our signed, guardrails, etc. in about 6 months to a year. Now we know within 1 or 2 DAYS! Fantastic!”
Ed Oliphant, Lewis County Engineer
Collision Location and Analysis System (CLAS): In 2003, WSDOT converted its manual collision analysis process to an electronic workflow. Over the course of the past 11 years, WSDOT has reviewed and streamlined this workflow process resulting in reduction of the crash processing backlog from 42 months in 2003 to 17 days in 2014.
In 2003, by capturing the data one time and sharing it with collision data partners:
- City and county engineers started receiving collision data for safety and engineering purposes for the first time in 3.5 years.
- WSDOT was able to start providing data to researchers, federal and state trusted partners and the general public for collisions that occurred on all public roadways in the state of Washington.
- WSDOT was able to increase the number of collision data elements captured from 17 to 152 for a collision that involved two vehicles. This also increased the number of collision data elements captured as recommended by the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC).