Traffic Safety Data and Analysis


Who we are

EMS rescue personnelIowa has a long history of promoting data improvement and uses through its STRCC. Iowa has had a multidisciplinary statewide traffic records committee for communication, planning, and coordination since June 1994.

STRCC membership is comprised of a diverse group of traffic safety professionals, who understand the need for quality traffic safety records. The need for quality records is even more pronounced in light of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)(Pub. L. 112-141, July 6, 2012) transportation act and performance-based requirements.

Traffic records systems are a complex network of programs and systems involving numerous agencies that collect, report, maintain, and analyze data involving many highway safety related processes, methods, and component systems. Iowa’s traffic records system is comprised of six core data systems: crash, driver, vehicle, roadway, citation/adjudication, and injury surveillance. The data systems are managed by a variety of agencies so it is critical that systems integrate and link for effectiveness. Performance attributes of timeliness, accuracy, completeness, uniformity, integration, and accessibility are tied to the six core systems.

Federal legislation requires each state to have a traffic records coordinating committee. The coordination, management, and continued improvement of the traffic records system is the role of Iowa’s STRCC. The STRCC provides a forum for the discussion of highway safety data and traffic records issues; and represents the interests of the agencies and organizations. The STRCC is responsible for approving, developing, and implementing the state’s traffic records strategic plan. The Data Quality and Analysis Coordination team, a focused sub-group of the STRCC consisting of the core data system managing agencies, serves as a focal point for data quality and analysis issues, and transmitting this information to the greater STRCC membership as well as the public.


The vision of the STRCC is to maximize traffic safety problem identification, planning, evaluation, and decision-making through coordination and cooperation at all levels of government and by all safety entities in communities through access to quality safety data. The data system should be sustainable, provide quality service for a reasonable investment, and achieve an effective balance of limited resources between data systems and the highway safety programs they serve.


The mission of the STRCC is to develop and improve the “virtual” statewide traffic records system and all of its independent real components. Central to this mission are the advancement of electronic data capture, appropriate integration of data, effective utilization of the data through the highway safety geographic information system and other means of data dissemination, and education of data collectors and users.

The mission will be accomplished by incorporating advanced technology, wise use of resources, open communication opportunities by all members, a spirit of cooperation and teamwork, and future planning. The data-driven process should ensure that all opportunities to improve highway safety are identified and considered for implementation. Continued evaluation shall be conducted to facilitate implementation and strategic development of state data systems and projects.