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EMS data sharing with police aimed at curbing traffic injuries and deaths, supports NHTSA goal

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ImageTrend says law enforcement’s use of its motor vehicle crash software could help reduce transportation-related deaths and serious injuries on U.S. roadways.

The initiative supports the objectives of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Roadway Safety Strategy, specifically to create safer roads, and safer speeds and enhance post-crash care.

Near-real-time Emergency Medical Service (EMS) data that meets the requirements of state, territorial, and federal agencies will be provided by ImageTrend through its Motor Vehicle Crash Incident Visualization software to highway traffic safety officers, “empowering them with easily accessible insights to optimize the safety of the nation’s roadway network and its users,” according to a news release.

ImageTrend says MVC Incident Visualization provides:

    • Nationwide aggregation of vehicle crashes
    • Near real-time, configurable analytics
    • Dashboards that filter incidents in multiple ways, such as by geographic area, type of fatality/injury, gender, race, involvement or use of drugs or alcohol, vehicle type, road type, and more
    • Analyzation of patient outcomes across the continuum of care
    • Public display of motor vehicle crash analytics

“Analyzing motor vehicle crashes, understanding why they happen, and what can be done to prevent them from happening is the intelligence gained,” the release states. “Working together, we will help all parties involved use the dashboards to look at MVC insights from a predictive perspective. In short, the MVC Incident Visualization dashboard insights system is an industry game-changer.”

MVC Incident Visualization will allow officers to identify high-risk areas and trends in behavioral incidents, according to ImageTrend.

“This is a win-win for all parties involved,” said Joe Graw, ImageTrend chief growth officer, in the release. “One of the biggest challenges we hear from our customers is the ability to provide timely data and insights to key stakeholders to demonstrate the need for additional resources and funding to keep our communities and roads safe. This initiative delivers a solution to directly address that problem.”

The software was developed by ImageTrend and is a collaborative initiative with USDOT, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS).

According to the release, EMS tends to more than 1.4 million vehicle crash-related injuries every year.

Traffic fatalities decreased by 3.6% in 2023 but fatality totals remain higher than in pre-pandemic years, according to preliminary data released by NHTSA in April.

At that time, the federal agency reported 40,990 traffic deaths last year compared to 42,514 in 2022.

Nationally, traffic fatalities surged during the pandemic with a 7% (39,007 deaths) and 10% (42,230) jump in 2020 and 2021.

Q4 2023 represents the seventh consecutive quarterly decline in fatalities, with the downward trend starting in 2022, the report says.

“Up-to-date monitoring of traffic crashes helps improve traffic safety, reduce crashes, and save lives,” NHTSA told Repairer Driven News on Wednesday. “Real-time data from various sources will provide everyone with more insight into traffic crashes and the strategies and countermeasures they may need from a safe system perspective. This goal aligns with the National Roadway Safety Strategy and its post-crash care and safer roads objectives.”


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