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Car crash website created at UC Berkeley tracks state’s biggest hits

For those wanting to know about risky places to drive, bike or walk, UC Berkeley researchers have designed a tool for sorting through and mapping all of the serious traffic collisions in the state.

Anyone with Internet access can search the Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) for a look at where more than 130,000 serious and fatal crashes in California have occurred.

John Bigham, of UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center and lead researcher for TIMS, explains the powerful new tool in an audio slideshow on the UC Research website.

The program uses data from the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, which includes all crashes reported by the California Highway Patrol, to produce customized maps of local roads and highways where collisions occur.

It provides professionals and the general public with information to identify traffic safety problems and potential solutions, says Bigham.

For more on TIMS, see Sarah Yang’s April 2011 story on the UC Berkeley News Center website.

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