Response to NHTSA’s Submission of Proposal for State Data Transfer of Vehicle Crash Information

November 19, 2021
Contact: Jason Levine, [email protected] or (202) 328-7700

Re: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; State Data Transfer for Vehicle Crash Information, Docket No. DOT–NHTSA–2021–0039

Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the request for approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Notice and Request for Comments; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; State Data Transfer for Vehicle Crash Information. The Center for Auto Safety (CAS), founded in 1970, is an independent, member supported, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy. In 2020, we celebrated 50 years of advocacy for automotive safety and consumer protection.

CAS believes that the proposed collection of information for the State Data Transfer (SDT) is necessary for the proper performance of NHTSA’s functions, and that the information will have practical utility. The proposed collection of Police Accident Report (PAR) information by NHTSA for its Fatality Accident Reporting System, Crash Report Sampling System, Crash Investigation
Sampling System, Special Crash Investigations, Crash Injury Research programs and other related purposes has our full support, since it is critical to the agency’s ability to evaluate vehicle crashes
to support rulemaking and enforcement activities. In particular, CAS agrees with NHTSA that the dataset will enable the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) to identify existing and
emerging highway safety trends and assess the effectiveness of both motor vehicle safety standards and emerging technologies on vehicle and highway safety programs.

Click here to view the Center’s full Comment.