October 2015
Issue 15

"We have come a long way in terms of motor vehicle safety since 1771, the year of the first recorded automobile crash. In addition to safety belts, car manufacturers have equipped their vehicles with numerous safety features to keep drivers safe. The major difference between safety belts and all the other safety features is that drivers have to actually use the safety belts in order for them to be effective. This is the point where behavioral analysis and intervention is useful."   For more information Click Here and then click on "Posts". 

GPS Coordinates

Please double check your GPS coordinates on your reports.  We have  received  several reports with the Latitude and Longitude indicating the crashes 
occurred  in such places as  Antarctica , Long Island Sound and Asia!

Vehicle Damage
This section of the MMUCC Report describes damage to a vehicle that was involved in the collision.
  • If the vehicle is damaged in the collision the investigator must use the clock diagram to select the area of the vehicle that was damaged.
  • If a vehicle is towed due to damage, the investigator cannot select "00: None" for damaged areas.
Numbering of Persons
This section describes how all  persons involved in a collision shall be documented on the  MMUCC PR- 1 report form.
  • Every person involved in a collision must have a unique number assigned to them.  
EXAMPLE:  I f there was a two vehicle collision theoperator of vehicle # 1 would be labeled # 1. The operator of vehicle # 2 would be labeled # 2. Any passengers in the vehicles would be identified starting with the # 3 and continuing on with unique numbers for additional passengers regardless of which vehicle they were in. The numbers do not need to be sequential just unique.  (We do not recommend skipping numbers)
 Sequence of Events Motor Vehicle
This section requires the investigator to describe the events leading up to the collision.
  • Enter the events of the crash specific to this vehicle as they occurred in chronological order.
  • Select which one of these events was the most harmful.
  • You may enter up to four events per vehicle. If there are more than four events, record the four most significant events.
  • If an agency is utilizing the PDF version of the MMUCC PR-1 all boxes must be coded, i.e., if less than four events are selected the other event boxes should be coded as "88: Not Applicable".
Connecticut Crash Data Repository
The Connecticut Crash Data Repository (CTCDR) is a web tool designed to provide access to select crash information collected by state and local police. 
This data repository enables users to query, analyze and print/export the data for research and informational purposes. The CTCDR is comprised of crash data from two separate sources; The Department of Public Safety (DPS) and The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT).
The purpose of the CTCDR is to provide members of the traffic-safety community with timely, accurate, complete and uniform crash data. The CTCDR allows for complex queries of both data sets such as, by date, route, route class, collision type, injury severity, etc. For further analysis, this data can be summarized by user-defined categories to help identify trends or patterns in the crash data.

Quick Links

PR-1 Tip 
Q: Is there an easy way to utilize a drawing program while in a cruiser working on an MDT?
A:  Yes!  The use of a USB port mouse and a clipboard allows the officer to use the drawing program as if he was working on a desktop computer.

Crash Spotlight
A disabled vehicle was in the process of being loaded on a flatbed wrecker and was completely on the bed of the wrecker, being secured. A second vehicle came along and struck the flatbed and then the vehicle on the flatbed while the bed was still angled downward. The colliding vehicle eventually landed on the flatbed itself. 

Is this a three or two or three vehicle collision?

The answer: Two vehicle collision. This is because once the disabled vehicle was on the flatbed it became "cargo".

The information regarding the vehicle that was begin secured on the flatbed should be documented in the narrative portion of the report.


If you have any questions regarding this newsletter, the new MMUCC  PR-1 or would like training assistance please contact:

Chuck Grasso

Kevin Slater