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High-crash areas highlighted on interactive map released by DMV

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RICHMOND (WSLS 10 - A new, interactive map gives drivers a street-level look at high-crash areas in the commonwealth.

The map, from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle's Highway Safety Office, allows users to select a year and road type, and use the map to view where the most crashes are happening in Virginia. Users can also access a cluster of crashes to get specific details about what happened.

In addition to the High Crash Location Map, upgrades were added to the existing interactive feature allowing users to create a Crash Data Report on the Highway Safety Office's website.

So, for example, users can create a report for all the distracted driver-involved crashes during a specific time period, in a particular county or city in Virginia. Some of the other 13 new search options include alcohol-related crashes, motorcycle crashes, bicycle and pedestrian-involved crashes and teen-driver crashes. Users can break these down by month, day of the week, age group, region of Virginia or city/county.

Both the High Crash Location Map and Interactive Crash Data Report features are part of the Highway Safety Office's state-of-the-art automated Traffic Records Electronic Data System (TREDS) that centralizes all of Virginia's crash data and related information.