Merced County has received a $30,000 grant to provide a system to track traffic collisions on county roadways.
The grant, awarded from the California Office of Traffic Safety, will allow Merced County to develop a new geographic information system for tracking collisions, the county said in a press release. The data will help county officials pinpoint areas with a high number of crashes and analyze traffic patterns. The studies will provide the groundwork for new traffic safety measures and improvements, the county said.
The county has 1,761 miles of streets that will be tracked by the new system.
Merced County had 14 fatal crashes and 253 collisions involving injuries in 2008.
Funding for the system comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration.