The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) plans to award $78,000 in federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) funds to the RMV to provide the following services:
- Identify all reportable traffic fatalities occurring within Massachusetts
- Establish an early notification system within the state FARS process to report qualifying crashes within specified time frames
- Collect, interpret, code, and enter the required data elements into the NHTSA furnished computer hardware and software within specified time frames
- Provide any revised, corrected, and/or updated data as soon as they become available
- Serve as a resource for FARS analysts in other jurisdictions and provide assistance as needed
- Assure that FARS analysts and supervisors attend and participate in NHTSA sponsored conferences, meetings, and training activities
- Assist other states as requested by NHTSA and EOPSS in training new FARS staff and supporting FARS data collection activities
- Promote the use and adoption of FARS data in Massachusetts
The day-to-day work of the FARS Program in Massachusetts is the responsibility of the RMV’s FARS unit. This unit works closely with other sections of the RMV, as well as other state and local government agencies, involved with the traffic records system for Massachusetts. With the RMV’s existing capacity and infrastructure, this is a best value that will enable the Commonwealth to secure federal funds for these services. The RMV receives no specifically-designated appropriations to provide these services.
Based on the availability of federal funds, the period to which these funds will be applied is January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.
Please submit any comments by noon on Thursday, December 11, 2014 to Barbara Rizzuti at Barbara.Rizzuti@state.ma.us.