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TENNESSEE'S JOURNEY TO A REAL TRAFFIC RECORDS STRATEGIC PLAN

 

Abstract: Starting in 2017, Tennessee decided to take a new approach to its Traffic Records Strategic Plan. The state set out make it a more pertinent document – a real strategic plan instead of just a grant application. After reviewing plans from other states identified at best practice leaders, Tennessee then executed a process to get all the stakeholders of the core component areas to make meaningful contributions to the plan. The Department of Safety and Homeland Security arranged meetings with data custodians and users in each area to foster stronger relationships across the various pertinent departments, and to facilitate greater participation in the TRCC. Through these collaborations, the state was able to greatly improve the relevance of the strategic plan making it a bona fide framework monitoring and implementing meaningful traffic records improvements at the state level. This, in turn, has led to additional collaborative efforts among the different core component stakeholders and continues to generate new traffic records improvement initiatives in the state.



Patrick Dolan -  currently manages the statistics office for the TN Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security. He is an expert in traffic crash classification and crash data models, and has over eight years' experience working with traffic records systems and analysis. Previously he served as the lead analyst for the Department’s predictive analytics program, the statistical analyst for the Department’s commercial vehicle enforcement unit, and as a statistical analyst for the Department’s Tennessee Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN) business unit. He was among the original employees who implemented the TITAN system, which is a statewide all-electronic traffic data warehouse and analysis tool.

 

 

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