[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 116 (Monday, June 19, 2017)]
[Pages 27952-27953]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-12636]



Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2017-0022]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Request for 
Approval of a New Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection.


SUMMARY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to 
request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of a new 
information collection that is summarized below. We are required to 
publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by August 18, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 
2017-0022 by any of the following methods:
    Web site: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
    Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Keith Williams, 202-366-9212, Highway 
Safety Specialist, Office of Safety Programs, Federal Highway 
Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Room E71-119, Washington, DC 20590, Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays.

    Title: Inventory of State Compliance on Serious Injury Reporting 
Using the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria 4th Edition
    Type of request: New information collection requirement.
    Background: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of 
Safety's mission is to exercise leadership throughout the highway 
community to make the Nation's roadways safer by developing, 
evaluating, and deploying life-saving countermeasures; advancing the 
use of scientific methods and data-driven decisions, fostering a safety 
culture, and promoting an integrated, multidisciplinary 4 E's 
(Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Education) approach to safety. 
The mission is carried out through the Highway Safety Improvement 
Program (HSIP), a data driven strategic approach to improving highway 
safety on all public roads that focuses on performance. The goal of the 
program is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and 
serious injuries on all public roads, including non-State-owned public 
roads and roads on tribal lands.
    In keeping with that mission, the United States Congress on June 
29, 2012 passed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act 
(MAP-21), which was signed into law (Pub. L. 112-141) on July 6, 2012 
by President Barack Obama and continued in the Fixing America's Surface 
Transportation Act (FAST Act). MAP-21 is a milestone for the U.S. 
economy and the Nation's surface transportation program as it 
transformed the policy and programmatic framework for investments to 
guide the system's growth and development and created a streamlined 
performance-based surface transportation program. The FHWA defines 
Transportation Performance Management (TPM) as a strategic approach 
that uses system information to make investment and policy decisions to 
achieve national performance goals.
    MAP-21 required the Secretary of Transportation to establish 
performance measures for States to use to assess

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serious injuries and fatalities per vehicle mile traveled; and the 
number of serious injuries and fatalities, for the purposes of carrying 
out the HSIP under 23 U.S.C. 148. The HSIP is applicable to all public 
roads and therefore requires crash reporting by law enforcement 
agencies that have jurisdiction over them. In defining performance 
measures for serious injuries, FHWA requires national reporting by 
States using a uniform definition for national reporting in this 
performance area, as required by MAP-21. An established standard for 
defining serious injuries as a result of motor vehicle related crashes 
has been developed in the 4th edition of the Model Minimum Uniform 
Crash Criteria (MMUCC). MMUCC represents a voluntary and collaborative 
effort to generate uniform crash data that are accurate, reliable and 
credible for data-driven highway safety decisions within a State, 
between States, and at the national level. The MMUCC defines a serious 
injury resulting from traffic crashes as ``Suspected Serious Injury 
(A)'' whose attributes are: Any injury, other than fatal, which results 
in one or more of the following: Severe laceration resulting in 
exposure of underlying tissues, muscle, organs, or resulting in 
significant loss of blood; broken or distorted extremity (arm or leg); 
crush injuries; suspected skull, chest, or abdominal injury other than 
bruises or minor lacerations; significant burns (second and third 
degree burns over 10 percent or more of the body); unconsciousness when 
taken from the crash scene; or paralysis.
    As part of the national requirement to report serious injuries 
using the MMUCC 4th Edition definition, the FHWA seeks to determine if 
States have adopted the MMUCC 4th edition definition, attribute and 
coding convention by the required April 15, 2019 date. Specifically, 
States will be considered compliant with the serious injury definition 
requirement if it: Maintains a statewide crash database capable of 
accurately aggregating the MMUCC 4th Edition injury status attribute 
for ``Suspected Serious Injury (A); Ensures the State crash database, 
data dictionary and crash report user manual employs the verbatim 
terminology and definitions for the MMUCC 4th Edition injury status 
attribute Suspected Serious Injury (A); Ensures the police crash form 
employs the verbatim MMUCC 4th Edition injury status attribute for 
Suspected Serious Injury (A); Ensures that the seven serious injury 
types specified in the Suspected Serious Injury (A) attribute are not 
included in any of the other attributes listed in the States' injury 
status data elements are MMUCC compliant.
    The purpose of the information collection is to assess each States' 
ability to report serious injuries using the new Federal definition. 
This assessment will require consultation with the State database 
owner, State law enforcement agency and possibly county and municipal 
law enforcement agencies that don't use the State form.
    Respondents: State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, tribal 
and local traffic records management agencies and law enforcement. (75 
    Frequency: One time collection
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: It will take approximately 
30 minutes per participant.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: Approximately 37 hours for a 
one-time collection.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the U.S. DOT's performance, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the 
accuracy of the U.S. DOT's estimate of the burden of the proposed 
information collection; (3) ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, 
and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden 
could be minimized, including the use of electronic technology, without 
reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will 
summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB's 
clearance of this information collection.

    Authority:  The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

     Issued On: June 8, 2017.
Michael Howell,
Information Collection Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-12636 Filed 6-16-17; 8:45 am]