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.