The Safety Data Resource Portal was developed in 2011 to provide information related to Wisconsin's traffic records system, data resources, and stakeholders. The site is designed and maintained by the Wisconsin LTAP / Transportation Information Center (TIC) at UW-Madison.
As the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's 2008 interactive feature Sobering Reminders illustrated, powerful information may be drawn from a thoughtful analysis of reliable data.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children, teens, and young adults (ages 5 to 34) and among the top ten for all ages, according to a Wisconsin Fact-Sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To combat this, policymakers, highway safety and public health practitioners, and the public need access to the best information available.
In 2005 a national traffic records assessment team recommended that Wisconsin “establish a program to educate the traffic safety community on what data are available from the state, how to provide updates / corrections to the state files, and how to access and utilize the state data.”
The resulting Preliminary Draft Wisconsin Safety Information Resource Guide
(TOPS Lab, 2008) was organized as a catalog of data sources. As its intro explained, "the Resource Guide is intended to be a living document; each section is dated and will be updated on at least an annual basis, as changes occur."
In 2010, a national Traffic Records Assessment Team lauded the 2008 Guide as wonderful, very helpful, and comprehensive, and they noted that it was rare to have such a resource. The Wisconsin Safety Data Resource Portal was developed in 2011 and resource providers are encouraged to update content.
We hope the Safety Portal will further the TRCC's objectives and serve a diverse audience that includes the general public, local TSC stakeholders, journalists, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers.