The North East Regional Road Safety Resource, in partnership with the Tyne and Wear Traffic and Accident Data Unit (TADU) and Gateshead Council’s Geospatial Systems (GIS) Team have developed an interactive map showing the locations of all road user casualties by severity and road user type in both the North East region, and the Cumbria Police Force Area over the past five full calendar years, and the current year to date.
The data for this map is taken from the live Capita Innovations Road Traffic Accident System (CIRTAS), which is maintained by TADU and contains up to date information on all collisions and casualties in the whole of the North East and Cumbria. The data that is plotted on the interactive map is the last five full calendar years and the current year up to the end of the most recent full month of casualty data taken from the live CIRTAS database. As reporting practices differ for the four police force areas represented by this map, this means that information on casualties from the most recent months may not yet have been uploaded to the database for every police force area, so may be missing from the map. As a general rule, data on collisions and casualties is usually available within two months of the month in which the collision occurred.
There are several different ways in which data can be displayed on the interactive map. On the bottom of the map screen are several check boxes that turn on and off the ‘layers’ displayed on the map. There are four different categories of layers available, each with subcategories that can be turned on and off. The first category displays all casualties that occurred in the North East and Cumbria, with the check boxes used to display casualties by severity. The second category displays all severities of casualties by the vehicle type that the casualty was either in or on when they were injured, or if they were a pedestrian. The third category displays all severities of casualties by individual year. The final category is to display the boundaries of the police force and local authority areas in the North East and Cumbria.
Once data is displayed on the map, each of the casualty points can be clicked on and a small summary box containing the details of the collision is displayed. This summary box includes the date and time that the collision occurred, the speed limit, type and number of the road that the collision occurred on, the classification (driver/rider, passenger or pedestrian), age and gender of the casualty, and details of the vehicle (and its driver/rider) that the casualty was either travelling in or on at the time of the collision, or was struck by if they were a pedestrian.
Please Note: As this map references a live database of casualty information, it does take a few seconds to plot the locations of casualties that are selected from the check boxes, but the fastest way to display the casualty points is to use the "By Year" check boxes. It was decided that this slight wait was preferable to a faster service as it allows the visitor to see a live view of the most current Stats 19 data on North East casualties in the last five years, rather than a once monthly snapshot. Also, there is a known fault with the summary box data as the filter that is applied to display the different 'layers' of casualty points does not work on the data from the summary box. This means that data for any casualty that has occurred in the same location as one that has been clicked on will display in this summary box. This is being looked into by the GIS team.