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 function of the RMV is to efficiently and professionally serve the public in all areas of licensing, registration and titling and to protect public safety through the fair and ethical enforcement of all laws and procedures. 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 governmental agencies, involved with the traffic records system for Massachusetts.
Based on the availability of federal funds, the period to which these funds will be applied is January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
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.
Please submit any comments by noon on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 to Barbara Rizzuti at Barbara.Rizzuti@state.ma.us.