NYS Traffic Safety Statistical Repository
Frequently Asked Questions
What data are available in the TSSR?
The TSSR currently contains information about motor vehicle crashes and traffic tickets issued to motorists on New York’s roadways beginning in 2009. The crash data are obtained from the Accident Information System (AIS) maintained by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The ticket data reflect information captured by three systems:
How often are the data updated?
Preliminary crash data are added to the repository monthly. It is important to note that the monthly updates to the preliminary data will include new or additional information, with the final counts for the year traditionally being available in September of the following year. You can find the current snapshot date on the TSSR page > Data Sources. Traffic ticket data are updated at least twice a year.
What can I learn about crashes in New York State?
In addition to data on crashes statewide or at the county level, you can see reports on different types of crashes, including motorcycle, pedestrian, bicycle and large truck crashes, as well as alcohol-related, drug-related, and speed-related crashes. The reports provide a variety of data, including
- Number of persons killed and injured, by their role in the crash (driver, passenger, pedestrian, bicyclist) and by age
- Driver age and gender
- Safety equipment used (restraints and helmets)
- Day of week/time of day of the crash
- Crash contributing factors
What can I learn about traffic tickets issued in New York State?
You can see ticket reports at the statewide and county levels, showing the overall numbers of traffic tickets issued and separate totals for speeding, cell phone, texting, safety restraints, and impaired driving citations. For selected types of tickets a variety of information is displayed, including
Can the crash data from the alcohol-related reports and the drug-related reports be added together to come up with a total for impaired driving?
No, the data in the alcohol-related and drug-related reports are not mutually exclusive because some crashes involve both alcohol and drugs. However, for data on the total number of crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs, see the separate reports on Impaired Crashes at the Statewide and County levels on the TSSR Page > Crash Reports.
What is the difference between a speed-related crash and a crash where Unsafe Speed is a contributing factor?
A speed-related crash is a crash where the police checked Unsafe Speed as a contributing factor on the police accident report and/or a crash where a driver was issued a ticket for speeding. Therefore, crashes where Unsafe Speed is a contributing factor are a subset of all speed-related crashes.
Is location data available other than county?
Yes, crash data by municipality are available here: TSSR Page > Crash Reports > Other Reports > Crash Data by County and Municipality.
Will maps be available for crashes?
Not at this time.
For the “Safety Equipment Use” sections, are air bags included in “Restraint Used”?
No. Air bags are passive restraints; if the use of a seat belt or other “active” safety equipment is not reported in conjunction with an airbag, reports of “air bag deployed” are included under “No Restraint Used.”
Can you provide a report showing persons killed or injured by age group and safety equipment used? By just front seat occupants?
Yes, several sections on safety equipment use are available on the TSSR Page > Crash Reports, under Statewide Crashes and County Crashes.
Can I request a report on another topic, such as distracted driving crashes?
Yes. Please submit your request to TSSR Help (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will consider all requests and set priorities based on discussions with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Can I create a cross-tabulated report, for example, contributing factors by month?
No, but you may submit your request to TSSR Help (email@example.com). We will consider all requests and set priorities based on discussions with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Will census data be made available, so that I can compare data from counties with similar population size?
Yes. We expect to add these data and other demographic data (e.g., licensed drivers and vehicle registrations) to the TSSR in 2017.
Is data available on licensed drivers?
We expect to add these data to the TSSR in 2017.
Can you provide a Young Driver Crashes report at the County level? Can you provide the number/percent of licensed young drivers by county?
We will consider a separate county-level Young Driver report. We expect to add data on licensed drivers by county, gender and age group to the TSSR in 2017.
Can I get access to raw data sets?
Yes. You can submit a request to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Do you get crash data from other agencies, e.g., Department of Health?
Although the Department of Health captures additional data related to motor vehicle crashes, such as detailed injury data, the data are not publicly available because of confidentiality rules.
Can you provide data on serious injuries?
Yes. We have added a breakdown by injury severity to the Fatalities/Persons Injured sections as well as to the Safety Equipment Use sections in both the Statewide and the County reports.
What sections of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) are used to capture tickets issued for an alcohol violation?
- Section 1192.1 – DWAI (Driving while ability impaired)
- Section 1192.2 – Per Se (Driving with BAC equal to or greater than 0.08)
- Section 1192.2aa – Aggravated DWI (Driving with BAC equal to or greater than 0.18)
- Section 1192.2ab – Aggravated DWI (Driving with BAC equal to or greater than 0.18 and having a child age 15 or younger in the vehicle)
- Section 1192.3 – DWI (Driving while intoxicated)
What sections of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) are used to capture tickets issued for a drug violation?
- Section 1192.4 – DWAI (Driving while ability impaired by drugs)
- Section 1192.4a – Driving while ability impaired by combined influence of alcohol and drugs
How does the Report Type dropdown work?
Report Type allows you to filter the results in the tables by just police crash reports (select Police-Reported Crashes), or by the default, All Reportable Crashes (select Clear Filter), which include both police crash reports and motorist crash reports. Some of the tables include data that are available only from police crash reports. For more information see the TSSR User Guide.
How does the Year checklist work?
Year allows you to filter the results in the tables by a single year (the default is the most recent finalized year of crash data) or by multiple years. Uncheck the boxes to view all the years in the repository. For more information see the TSSR User Guide.
Why am I seeing Preliminary* in the Year checklist?
Data for years that are not yet finalized are tagged “Preliminary” until the file is complete and the final clean-up has been conducted. Data are typically finalized by September of the following year.
If I look at the same report in a month or two, will anything be different?
Crash data for years that have been finalized will remain the same, but crash data for years labeled Preliminary* may change based on new information. Check the current snapshot date on the TSSR page > Data Source.
Does the TSSR contain real-time data?
The TSSR does not contain real-time data. Preliminary crash data are refreshed monthly. Check the current snapshot date on the TSSR page > Data Sources.
Why are charts not available for county crash reports?
In many cases, the numbers for an individual county are so small that showing them in bar charts is not useful. Complete data for each county is available in tabular form in the County Crash Summary reports.
Why are some of the legends for the bar charts out of order?
Due to the way the software functions, chart legends may be out of order when data are missing.
Will TSSR performance slow down if too many reports are open at the same time?
No, the in-memory server provides fast data analysis.
How do I print/save/email a report?
Click the Options icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page and select Print. Choose the print options, click Print, and a pdf file of the report elements will be generated. You can view, save, print and/or email this file like any other pdf file. For more information see the TSSR User Guide.
Can I export a table to Excel?
The current version of the SAS Visual Analytics software does not provide export-to-Excel functionality. When this feature becomes available, we will upgrade the software accordingly.
Can I export a graph?
Yes. Click the Options icon in the upper right-hand corner of the Charts page and select Print. Choose the print options, click Print, and a pdf file of the report elements will be generated. You can view, save, print and/or email this file like any other pdf file. For more information see the TSSR User Guide.
Can I view the TSSR on my tablet or smartphone?
Yes. On your mobile device, instead of going to the TSSR url, follow these steps:
- Download and install SAS Mobile BI, a free app for iOS or Android from SAS Institute Inc.
- Configure settings – Android:
- Tap Add Connection.
- Server – sasprod.itsmr.org
- Port – 443
- Secure connection? yes
- Tap Next.
- Authentication – Check Log on as guest. Description will auto-populate as firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tap Next; tap Done.
- Configure settings – iOS:
- If you are not in Subscriptions, tap the list at the top of the screen and select Subscriptions.
- Tap Add in the options bar at the top of the app.
- Tap Add in the All Connections list at the bottom.
- Server – sasprod.itsmr.org
- Port – 443
- Secure connection – yes
- Tap Next.
- Authentication – Select Log on as guest.
- Tap Next; tap Done.
- Go to Shared Data > Crash > Report > TSSR Report Links. From there you can access all the TSSR reports.
- The default passcode is 1234.
- You can download TSSR report results onto your device and access them offline.
Who should I contact if I see a problem or issue with the TSSR?
Please send an email with details regarding any problems or issues to TSSR Help (email@example.com). We appreciate your assistance in reporting anything amiss.