For Immediate Release
Senior Transportation Coordinator
Redwood City Awarded Grant to Upgrade Software to Analyze Traffic Collision Data
Redwood City, CA – The City of Redwood City has been awarded a $28,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a Traffic Collision Database and Mapping System software package. The software will be used to more effectively and efficiently pinpoint and analyze high collision locations throughout the City, and provide more usable information to help reduce the frequency and severity of traffic collisions. The system will provide the City's transportation engineers and department managers with more timely and accurate data upon which to base engineering, enforcement, and other traffic-related safety decisions.
The grant will fund a fully automated, geographic information system (GIS)-based traffic collision and analysis system, and includes the purchase and installation of the software, labor to incorporate collision and street data, and training of traffic engineering personnel in the use of the system. This software will replace the City’s existing system of hand-logging each collision, and will convert the manual collision map to an interactive mapping solution, automate the production of collision history diagrams, generate periodic or specific reports, and allow staff to search collision records by location, primary collision factor, involved vehicle or party types, time of day, or other factors. Using this system, staff will be able to query and map information from the database to easily identify high frequency locations and collision patterns, so that those areas can be further studied and appropriate action taken.
Funding for this grant program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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