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NCJ Number: 206814 Find in a Library
Title: North Carolina's Experimental Use of GPS to Provide an "Integrated" GIS Analysis for Truck-Involved Crashes and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Activities
Journal: Crime Mapping News  Volume:6  Issue:2  Dated:Spring 2004  Pages:1,4,7
Author(s): Ronald G. Hughes Ph.D.; Marc Stanard
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 5
Document: PDF
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes North Carolina’s experimental use of an inexpensive global positioning system (GPS) to examine the geographic relationship between enforcement presence and truck-involved crashes.
Abstract: North Carolina is among the top 10 States in the Nation in terms of fatal truck-involved crashes. In an attempt to target enforcement efforts and reduce the number of truck-involved crashes, the State’s Motor Carrier section of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) is experimenting with an inexpensive GPS system and “event capture” technology. The system provides an integrated geographic information system (GIS) data analysis tool for the analysis of the spatial attributes of truck-involved crashes and enforcement activity. The goal is to gain information that will allow for the targeting of limited enforcement resources both spatially and temporally. The experimental effort is being conducted in a 12-county area that includes the Raleigh-Durham area and much of the area in the eastern portion of the State served by I-95, I-40, and I-85. The technical capabilities and requirements of the GPS system are described, followed by a discussion of the analysis capabilities that illuminate the geographic relationship between truck-involved crashes and enforcement activities. Future plans include the development of more effective procedures for “mile-posting” events and the integration of wireless reporting and ticketing capabilities intended to improve the overall timeliness and accuracy of the data. Figures
Main Term(s): Data analysis; Geographic information systems (GIS)
Index Term(s): Computer software; North Carolina; Science and Technology; Traffic accidents
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