Vehicle Crash Records General Information
To obtain public vehicle crash records or contact the ARIES Help Desk, call (866) 495.4206 or fax (765) 349.7685.
To submit paper reports or request a report purchase:
Attn: Vehicle Crash Records
15 Industrial Drive
Martinsville, IN 46151
About the Traffic Records Program
The Traffic Safety division's Traffic Records program is responsible for the improvement of traffic records. It is strongly encouraged that all law enforcement agencies in the State of Indiana utilize the electronic crash report submission system. The Automated Reporting Information Exchange System (ARIES) provides an electronic crash reporting system to all Indiana Law Enforcement agencies at no cost. The website for obtaining this program can be found at http://aries.in.gov/.
There are many exciting projects that are presently taking place within this area. Please check back on this website periodically to be updated on the new traffic records projects being evaluated by staff.
When a crash report is submitted to the State Data Repository, there are six (6) categories within traffic records that can be evaluated:
- Timeliness: the length of time that occurs from the time a crash occurs to when the crash report is received by the State Data Repository is essential in obtaining real time data for location and cause evaluation.
- Accuracy: In preparing a crash report, the information within the report provides invaluable data when evaluating the crash. The accuracy of the report has a direct impact on the quality of the data being evaluated.
- Completeness: A crash report cannot be accurately evaluated when missing fields or attributes are omitted.
- Uniformity: When preparing a crash report, all officers are trained at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, State Police Academy, or local Police Academy in the proper outline of creating the crash report. Every law enforcement officer can provide this information in a uniform manner statewide.
- Integration: When the data is taken from a crash report, information from this report can be used in other areas. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles uses crash data to focus on insurance violators, and cost can be calculated by the Indiana Department of Health to assist in determining crash costs to the state. The integration of data is an important tool for focusing on problem areas, whether it is a teen driving issue, an alcohol issue, or a road issue.
- Accessibility: Having accurate data assists stakeholders in Traffic Records by giving them the ability to access and analyze data from crash reports so a direct plan can be initiated to eliminate fatalities, injuries, and property damage on our roadways.
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