Safe Road Maps is a GIS-based (Geographic Information System) Mashup to communicate public health issues related to rural and urban road transportation safety through a publicly accessible website. This GIS integrates a range of spatial data regarding motor vehicle crashes, transportation policy legislation, and driver behavioral data. It is anticipated that this GIS will help raise awareness and change fundamental perceptions regarding the magnitude, risk factors, and impacts of motor vehicle crashes.
As a result, there is an urgent need for governmental agencies and other key institutions to increase and sustain action to prevent motor vehicle injuries. Though there is widespread use of visual, geospatial and consumer-based systems for traffic congestion and navigation (for example, in-car, GPS-enabled navigation devices, online mapping systems, and by media outlets such as local radio and television stations), there has been limited use of such systems for traffic safety. The policy need is emphasized in US federal transportation legislation (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users), which mandates that the public must be involved in the creation of a Transportation Improvement Program during both the planning and programming phases.