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Post by brian » Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:22 am
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL- Rural transportation safety experts at the [/url=]University of Minnesota[/url] today launched a new national service to help drivers identify the most dangerous portions of upcoming trips, including trips that will be made this Independence Day, which is often the most dangerous travel day of the year. is a service that immediately identifies the location of crashes through an online, searchable map. The service was launched last summer by the University of Minnesota's Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS). It will flag the nation's Top 100 "Hot Zones," the rural areas that have experienced the most fatalities over the past five years. The hot zones are presented in a visually arresting Google Map-based format, where viewers can zoom from a national map showing all 100 zones, down to a photo of each individual section of the road.
The newest version of offers several other enhancements over the original version released in 2008. SafeRoadMaps now allows anyone visiting to enter a zip code, municipality name or street address and immediately see a map or satellite image all of the road fatalities that have occurred in the chosen area over the past five years. Details about each crash are also available, such as whether the driver was wearing a seatbelt, drinking or speeding. The tool also notes which life-saving public policies, such as strong seat belt laws, are being employed in the chosen area.
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