We collect, maintain, analyze, and distribute crash data to support public policy decisions in Louisiana. Through a grant obtained from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, we developed a software program, LACRASH, which revolutionized the way traffic accidents are reported.
Our programmers developed LACRASH and based it upon the original paper form that the state Traffic Records Committee established. LACRASH was introduced in December 2004 for testing, and agencies began using it January 1, 2005. Since then, the Association of Traffic Safety Information Professionals honored the program with an award during its Best Practices Competition.
Data obtained using LACRASH is used in countless ways. The State of Louisiana uses LACRASH data to form the Highway Safety Plan and pass new laws to improve traffic safety. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) approves grants based on LACRASH data, and the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) uses the data to identify high crash intersections or road segments and develop multi-million dollar safety projects. Law enforcement officials use LACRASH data to deploy enforcement personnel. Vehicle design engineers study crash dynamics from the information gleaned from police reports. The U.S. Congress uses traffic records and traffic safety data to appropriate billions of dollars in highway safety and construction funding. This data is important, and gathering, processing, and reporting it all in an accurate and timely fashion is one of our primary objectives.