April 2016
Issue 19
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 information al purposes. The CTCDR is comprised of crash data from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT).
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.
Click here to check out all of the great features the Connecticut Crash Data  Repository has to offer.

License Classifications  
When investigating a collision involving an operator from a state other than Connecticut and the operator license classification is not classified as a type A,B,C, or D use the letter "D" to represent the license class on the PR-1 report.
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.

Vehicle Damage
This section 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.

Training Assistance  
The POSTC certified training staff from UConn would be happy to work with any department in enhancing the training for officers. Trainers are available for a variety of training including full classes to Roll Call training.
For more information or to schedule assistance please contact: Chuck Grasso at (860) 753-1240 or Kevin Slater at (860) 930-2967.

Are We Addicted to Distraction??
In honor of April's National Distracted Driver Awareness Month, the CT Transportation Safety Research Center's Behavioral Analyst, Marisa Auguste explores this topic  in her latest blog post and asks the question "Are We Addicted to Distraction??"

We have become extremely dependent on our smartphones and are so focused on what is happening in the virtual world that we have been neglecting important tasks and sadly forgoing participating in "real" life all together. So how can a person judge for themselves whether they have crossed the threshold into addictive behavior?

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

Chuck Grasso

Kevin Slater

Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center | | grasso@engr.uconn.edu | 270 Middle Turnpike
Storrs, CT 06269