WLIA Spring Regional Workshop: Workflows for Analyzing Crash Data from the UW TOPS WisTransPortal

If you have ever been tasked with geocoding crash points; ranking intersections by accident count, type, severity, etc.; analyzing crash trends by time of day, day of week, month of year; finding out how data are processed from the local officers to the statewide database; or identifying correlations between accident count/type and specific traffic control configurations then this is the workshop for you. Steven Parker, PH.D., Program Manager at the UW-Madison TOPS Laboratory, will present a workshop 9am – 12 pm on Thursday, May 31, 2018 as part of the WLIA Spring Regional Meeting at Lake Lawn Resorts in Delevan.

The WisTransPortal, operated by the UW-Madison TOPS Laboratory, contains a complete database of Wisconsin crash data from 1994 through the current year. This database contains information on all police reported crashes in Wisconsin including the location of each crash, vehicles involved, and general crash attributes. Personal data have been removed. The TOPS Lab maintains the crash database for research purposes and as a service to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).

User accounts to access the crash data through WisTransPortal online tools are available to WisDOT and other government agencies, Wisconsin RPCs and MPOs, and universities working on WisDOT sponsored projects. Crash data are also available upon request to anyone in the general public including government, engineering consultants, media, law firms, non-profit organizations and individuals. Consultants and other organizations working on WisDOT projects may also obtain account access and/or copies of crash reports to fulfill project requirements.

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