AMES (SPECIAL) - Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) staff use volumes of transportation-related data on a daily basis to improve highway safety and make investment decisions. Data related to motor vehicle crashes can also be very helpful to organizations and persons outside the department, including cities, counties, school districts, planners, consulting engineers, the media and public.
To provide increased public access to crash data in a user-friendly format, the Iowa DOT’s crash data website <iowadot.purlsmail.com/sendlink.asp?HitID=1306325245641&StID=25681&SID=0&NID=535300&EmID=75427116&Link=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5pb3dhZG90Lmdvdi9jcmFzaGFuYWx5c2lzL2luZGV4Lmh0bQ%3D%3D&token=e41641bf0fb0a880f79d11f0ed9d4d8f1ef868a0> has been entirely upgraded and enhanced.
Information on the website does not include individual accident reports, but rather offers summaries and profiles that may point to potential safety trends. For instance, the site includes profiles by county and city, and a report identifying Iowa’s most critical 5 percent safety needs.
In addition, the website provides trend data on key safety issues, such as crashes involving speeding, motorcycles, unbelted persons, and crossing the centerline.
Another updated feature on the website is a more prominent link for occasional data users who have specific data-related questions. For instance, if you want to know how many crashes have occurred at a particular intersection, that information can be requested by completing an online request form.