District to publish traffic crash data online

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A wrecked car sits on the sidewalk after a collision at the intersection of Arizona Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard NW. (Brady Holt/The Current/September 2016)

The District will begin publishing traffic crash data online for public viewing in an effort to curb vehicular injuries and fatalities, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced last week.

The open data set will be updated every 24 hours and will include the location, vehicles involved, injuries sustained and causes of every reported crash in D.C. “Evaluation of safety data is critical in improving the District’s street design, education, and enforcement efforts,” Bowser said in a news release.

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The initiative relates both to the District’s Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024, and its new Open Data Policy, which calls for data from agencies in D.C. to be available to the public to the fullest extent possible. The information will be available at opendata.dc.gov.