To improve traffic safety, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) identified three areas of emphasis in their Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan (CHSP):
- Impaired driving crashes
- Occupant protection
- Roadway departure and intersection crashes
To address these areas of emphasis, MDT staff prepared the business case to procure a Safety Information Management System (SIMS). MDT understood that they needed more robust safety analysis capabilities to more efficiently and accurately identify and analyze high crash location hot spots on their road network, and to determine the most effective countermeasures to improve safety.