Prupose of Training Manual
- To assist officers in properly completing the “State of Vermont Uniform Crash Report.”
- To standardize all crash reporting procedures.
- To provide a reference to secure a uniform interpretation of all items in the crash report.
- To provide a reference for both paper and electronic reporting.
What crashes are to be reported?
- At a minimum, a crash report should be completed on any crash whereby a person is injured or killed, or where the total damage to all property is to the extent of $3,000 or more. However, all crash occurrences are encouraged to be reported as all crash data is used in safety initiatives and highway analyses.
All crashes which involve a commercial motor vehicle or a vehicle displaying a hazardous materials placard shall be reported per 23 V.S.A. § 1603a.
Function of crash investigation
Crash investigation provides the information upon which all phases of the crash prevention program are based. Crash reporting is the cornerstone of the entire traffic supervision program and it is essential that these reports be uniform, complete, accurate, timely, and understandable. An officer investigating a crash is the primary source of data for Vermont’s traffic crash records system. The information submitted by the officer will provide the basic data for crash prevention and selective enforcement programs.
Purpose of the Crash Report
Crash reports are extremely helpful in the areas of: