With nearly 300 car crashes reported every day in Connecticut, state officials are working to identify trouble spots.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday morning that the University of Connecticut is planning to launch a one-stop-shop for police officers to report car crashes. The university in turn will analyze the data and provide the state Department of Transportation with areas of concern.

“It gives us an instantaneous response of how to prioritize our work,” said Transportation Commissioner James Redeker.

Do drivers keep crashing into the same tree? Does one part of town have a higher rate of drunken drivers crashing? Do bicyclists traveling on Main Street keep getting hit at the same spot?

State officials hope to help local officials answer questions like this, and make changes to improve safety.

“This is important stuff. This is about safety,” Malloy said.

The data will also be available for the public to view online, officials said Monday during a news conference at the State Capitol.

The cost for the first year to open this information clearinghouse is $600,000, provided by federal funding. It is unclear what the future cost will be for the state.

For police departments that manually handwrite their crash reports, this initiative will not require that they digitize their reporting, something that would likely come with a cost.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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