CRASHMAP OFFERS FRESH SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITIES & CAMPAIGNERS
Less than a year after it launched CrashMap.co.uk has been updated with the all the latest Government data on road traffic crashes and new features to help community groups and campaigners.
Completely updated following the release of road casualty data for 2011, CrashMap continues to provide the most up to date and comprehensive searchable map for anyone interested in road safety.
CrashMap receives up to 16,000 searches a day as members of the public and local campaign groups access the information they need to understand road risk in their communities. CrashMap also has around 4.5k registered user accounts for those who want to download detailed collision reports.
“Just 6 weeks ago the Government reported that road deaths and serious injuries had risen in 2011 after years of continuous improvement. Community leaders and campaign groups are rightly concerned about this but they also need the information to help them engage at a local level and ensure that new measures are introduced to protect vulnerable road users.”
CrashMap now features an updated search facility that allows users to just look for crashes that involved road users who are most at risk. The option to only look at collisions involving a child, a pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist are likely to be of benefit to those with a particular interest in improving safety for these groups. Cyclists are particularly in the spotlight at present as 2011 saw a 16% increase in serious injuries to cyclists over the previous year.
One further change that has been introduced this year is a new deal for road safety charities; CrashMap is offering free access to the full reports for these organisations as part of its commitment to improve safety for all.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, the road safety charity, said: “CrashMap is an incredibly useful tool for communities and organisations working to prevent devastating casualties and make our roads safer for everyone. Brake supports communities campaigning for safer roads, so we know how important it is they can access information on the crash history of their area. CrashMap is an easy-to-use tool for seeing where and how many people have been hurt or lost lives.”
Anyone wanting to search the map can simply go to crashmap.co.uk and start searching.
About the Data CrashMap uses data collected by the police about road traffic crashes occurring on British roads where someone is injured. This data is approved by the National Statistics Authority and reported on by the Department for Transport each year. This site uses data obtained directly from official sources but compiled in to an easy to use format showing each incident on a map.
The site can be found on the data.gov listing for applications using government data sources; see data.gov.uk/apps/crashmap.