Everyone knows there are a few intersections in their neighborhood that always seem to be the site of some pretty bad intersections. Now, using GIS techniques and a vast national database of traffic fatalities, those hunches are backed up by statistical data displayed using Google Maps on a new site launched by the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS)—SafeRoadMaps.org
Researchers at CERS have integrated data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System to visually map out every reported traffic fatality in the nation. Using the new site, you can find out which intersections near your home are most dangerous, broken down by time of day, whether alcohol was involved, whether involved vehicles were speeding, and whether passengers were wearing seatbelts.
Below is a video of blog author and SLPP director Lee Munnich talking about the project.