Traffic Records User Conference Held at E. J. Ourso College of Business

Presenter Ron Whittaker, law enforcement expert, in front of room.

Presenter Ron Whittaker,  law enforcement expert with Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

November 15, 2017

BATON ROUGE – Law enforcement officers, representatives from state agencies and safety stakeholders were in attendance at the Traffic Records User Conference held on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Education Complex. The conference was sponsored by the Louisiana Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC) which includes the Highway Safety Research Group (HSRG), a division of the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

Dortha Cummins, director of the Louisiana Center for Transportation Safety and conference keynote speaker, intriguing attendees with her vision of the “circle of safety data.”  Cummins introduced the idea of connecting various types and sources of data – like travel, health and citation data – to crash data to make better highway safety decisions and to more adequately measure highway safety performance.

Throughout the conference, 21 other presenters led breakout sessions on topics including a technical guide to the HSRG’s LACRASH system, updates to the Louisiana Drunk Driving Data Management System (LADRIVING), impairment trends and crash reporting for commercial motor vehicle accidents. Ron Horswell, associate professor-research from the LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center, presented the results from a study conducted using data from the East Baton Rouge Parish EMS to identify opportunities to improve health outcomes and target interventions.

By coordinating the efforts of its stakeholders, the Louisiana TRCC provides a forum for the creation, implementation, and management of a traffic safety information system that provides timely, accurate, complete, uniform, integrated, and accessible traffic safety data to the State of Louisiana. Through educational sessions and information exchanges, the user’s conference is another step toward creating a safer Louisiana.

About the Highway Safety Research Group
The Highway Safety Research Group is a division of the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems within the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business. HSRG collects, maintains, analyzes and distributes crash data to support public policy decisions in Louisiana. Through a grant from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the HSRG developed a software program, LACRASH, which has revolutionized the way traffic accidents are reported. For more, visit  our home page.

About the LATRCC
The Louisiana Traffic Records Coordinating Committee is a group of safety organizations that coordinates the advancement of Traffic Records data systems for all stakeholders to support decision making, improve traffic safety and save lives.


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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business