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Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council is pleased to see that the latest update to the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC) encourages traffic agencies to collect more comprehensive drug testing data, distraction data and vehicle automation data. These changes are long overdue. We applaud the hard work and commitment that NHTSA and GHSA put into developing these new guidelines and encouraging states to adopt them. A National Safety Council report, Undercounted is Underinvested, found that 26 states lack fields on their crash reports to capture whether a driver was texting, 32 states lack fields to identify drug test results, and no state is capturing information about whether a motor vehicle automation system was engaged at the time of the crash. Traffic safety professionals and organizations go where the data tell us to go, but we cannot concentrate our efforts or dedicate the right amount of resources if the data are incomplete.
The National Safety Council urges all traffic safety agencies to adopt the voluntary MMUCC guideline and begin collecting better data about these emerging issues so we can create better strategies to eliminate –crashes and get on the Road to Zero.
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