’s Accident Reports Offer an Interesting and Useful Service to the Public

By August 13, 2008

As a matter of public policy, safe roads are imperative to society and the economy. If the roads of area are unsafe, businesses are less likely to expand there, and the town is obviously hurt. comprises all of the necessary information for the concerned citizen, policymaker or the business owner, providing them with the appropriate tools to thoroughly evaluate a specific area’s

roads.’s analyses are comprehensive because they integrate Google maps, accident reports, and relevant legislation. The Web site also provides YouTube links to news reports on crashes that occurred during 2006. The accident reports are surprisingly specific. They include the case number, whether alcohol was involved, and the available demographics of the person who was injured.

Stop Neighborhood Speeding (Viewer Discretion Advised) is a little slow, perhaps a result of the high traffic since going live on July 28, 2008. Within the first three days, there were three million visits to the site. To mitigate this problem, it is helpful to view the roadmaps in terrain view rather than in the hybrid view. Also, it appears that the United States is the only country available. Perhaps the roadmaps, reports, and analysis to more countries will become available with time, which is probably a daunting task. The creators of SafeRoadMaps are researchers from the Center for Excellence and Rural Safety at the University of Minnesota.

The site offers startling statistics about roads in rural areas, which is’s primary area of concern. More than 50 percent of fatalities occur on rural roads. Additionally, if the injured passengers’ arrival to the hospital exceeds 30 minutes after a car accident, then they are 5 to 7 times more likely to die. In rural areas, the average time is 52 minutes.

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