People who walk, bike, or use e-scooters or other forms of micromobility represent a disproportionate share of fatalities and severe injuries in roadway traffic crashes. There are many factors that may contribute to a crash and resulting severity, including roadway user maneuvers, type of roadway, type of vehicle, weather conditions, and more. These factors are important to capture for better understanding not only why crashes happen but also next steps for improved safety and interventions. Crash reporting is also important in how State laws are enforced.
Law enforcement officers play a critical role in taking the first steps in reporting crash data. In this workshop, Sarah O’Brien, research associate, and Sgt. Brian Massengill will share the importance of capturing accurate data at the scene of the crash and the life cycle of crash data. They will also link specific crash scenarios to specific State laws related to pedestrian and bicyclist safety to give a more comprehensive picture of those scenarios. They will also explore how crash data and enforcement of specific safety laws can better inform strategies and solutions to improve roadway safety.
Sgt. Brian Massengill,
Durham Police Department
Senior Research Associate,
UNC Highway Safety Research Center