A policing computer system tipped to redefine how safety improvements are made to roads has begun its rollout across England and Wales.
The Collision Recording and Sharing (CRASH) platform is expected to help the Department for Transport (DfT), Highways England and local authorities to improve road safety by pooling collision data from police forces across the country.
Every police force in England and Wales is expected to be feeding data into CRASH by March 2016, for the first time providing agencies with a national overview of road collision data.
Simon Catley, services director at IPL, said: ‘CRASH is a great example of how a carefully designed computer system can provide a wide variety of benefits. As well as saving police time and taxpayer money, it will help the DfT and local councils build a safer road network, which will benefit everyone in the country.’
It is expected the insights drawn from CRASH will enable agencies to focus highways improvement budgets and safety schemes more effectively. It also improves the accuracy of data collected from the accident scene and allows collision locations to be more easily pinpointed through an interactive map.
CRASH has been built for the Home Office and DfT by systems integration firm IPL.