With the improvement in driver licensing and highway policing systems throughout the country there has arisen the need for better reporting and analysis of accidents and accident trends. Many states have inaugurated standard IBM equipment and follow a more or less uniform system of recording and punching accident data on cards for machine analysis. In most respects the trends in this development have been very desirable but standardization is sometimes a virtue which may occasionally boomerang. After a system is once established it takes a great deal of effort to make a change and changes are frequently desirable. Standardization may thus become a hindrance to progress. In other areas this may be readily illustrated by the English and American system of mensuration as well as by our clumsy 12-month calendar. However, the purpose of this paper is not to propose a new system, but to add some needed extensions and improvements which make any system now in common usage much more effective. An illustration using actual data will be set forth to illustrate one type of problem in the field of accident prevention.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1951 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
McMurray, Pearl W. and Lauer, A. R.
"Making Accident Statistics More Meaningful,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 58(1), 375-383.
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