Analysis of content coded in police templates for vehicle/bicycle crashes in the 50 states
Method: State templates were collected from all 50 states using the web and contact with the state police departments. These templates were analyzed to determine the information most relevant to a vehicle/bicycle crash and what, of this information, had a corresponding code for data entry and later analysis.
Results: All state police records included coded data for involvement of a pedal cyclist and indication of a helmet. The sides of the vehicle were included for impact but only 3 state templates included sides of the bicycle impacted. Thirteen states indicated a pedal-cycle specific location code and nineteen states indicated a pedal-cycle specific action. Fifteen states indicated reflective clothing/lighting but these codes may have been specific to motorcyclists. Sobriety was indicated for pedal-cyclists in three states. Bike-specific path of travel in the diagram or bike maneuver was specified in three state templates.
Conclusion: Due to the increase in numbers of bicyclists and increased crashes, all state police crash templates could include the coded categories for vehicle/bicycle crashes found in some states.
Learning Areas:Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Describe the 50 state police crash templates for reporting vehicle/bicycle crashes. Demonstrate what information is coded and entered into Excel for combination with other data sets. Assess whether this information is sufficient for a clear understanding of the vehicle/bicycle crash.
Keyword(s): Reporting, Data Collection
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I helped collect the 50 state police templates, spoke with police departments, and conducted the analysis on the 50 state templates.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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