History

SafeTREC began assessing the usage of the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) by state and local agencies in 2003 on a project funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). Specifically, the project looked at the needs of agencies to geocode and map the collisions in an efficient and simple manner. The lack of expertise or capabilities at many agencies did not allow any geographic analysis of traffic collisions and resulted in exorbitant consulting expenses, redundancy of various efforts, technical difficulties, inaccuracy, and other problems. Further grants from OTS allowed SafeTREC to develop a geocoding methodology and apply it to SWITRS data statewide. In order to distribute the geocoded SWITRS data, a web-based data query and download application was developed with the ability to display pin maps in Google Maps. A second application was designed to provide a more map-centric experience with other types of data layers and spatial analysis capabilities typically seen in a Geographic Information System (GIS). The TIMS concept was subsequently formed to give these applications a common foundation and provide a framework for continued development in the future.

Contact us

If you have questions regarding the site or the tools and data contained, please refer to the Help page or contact the TIMS team at tims_info@berkeley.edu.

If you are contacting us in regards to a specific problem using the tools on the site, please include a clear description of the problem and state the version of web browser you are using. It is also helpful to include a screenshot in order for us to diagnose any potential issue.

Terms of use

The terms of use of this site are outlined in the license agreement below.

We also request that if you publish work or use the datasets obtained from TIMS on a website or any other application that you acknowledge the source:

Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), Safe Transportation Research and Education Center, University of California, Berkeley.

The data on the site is provided AS IS. Modifications of the data and coordinates for SWITRS collision locations may be updated at any time. Although we strive for the most accurate geocoded locations, we do not guarantee all coordinates are correct and you should always review your data based on your own needs. Also, this site will only provide access to SWITRS data available within the last 11 years.

License Agreement:

The University of California specifically disclaims any warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The software provided hereunder is on an "as is" basis, and the University of California has no obligation to provide maintenance, support, updates, enhancements, or modifications.

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This website and the information accessed through this website are protected as part of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and constitute and/or include reports, surveys, schedules, lists, and data which were compiled or collected for the purpose of identifying, evaluating, or planning the safety enhancement of potential accident sites, hazardous roadway conditions, or railway-highway crossings, pursuant to sections 130, 144, and 148 of Title 23 of the United States Code or for the purpose of developing a highway safety construction improvement project which may be implemented utilizing Federal-aid highway funds. Pursuant to 23 U.S.C. section 409, such reports, surveys, schedules, lists, and data are not subject to discovery or admission into evidence in a Federal or State court proceeding nor may they be considered for other purposes in any action for damages arising from any occurrence at a location mentioned or addressed in such report, surveys, schedules, lists, or data.

This website and the information accessed through this website are protected as part of the HSIP and constitute and/or include reports, surveys, schedules, lists, or data compiled or collected for a purpose directly relating to Title 23 United States Code section 148 (g)(1) [other reports regarding highway safety improvement projects] and/or section 148 (c)(1)(D) [5% Report], and/or published by the Secretary in accordance with Title 23 United States Code section 148 (g)(3) [publication of other reports and 5% Report]. Pursuant to Title 23 United States Code section 148 (g)(4), such reports, surveys, schedules, lists, or data shall not be subject to discovery or admitted into evidence in a Federal or State court proceeding or considered for other purposes in any action for damages arising from any occurrence at a location identified or addressed in such reports, surveys, schedules, lists, or other data.

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If you have questions regarding the information accessed through this website, please contact the California Department of Transportation (for the State Highway system) or the local authority having jurisdiction over the non-state highway.

The information accessed through this website is not an official record. The information accessed through this website may contain mistakes, outdated information, inconsistencies, inaccuracies, and other incorrect information. The User assumes any and all risks, of whatever nature, in relying upon this information.

Note to Users from California Department of Transportation (Caltrans):

In making any decision, especially any engineering decision, Caltrans employees and those acting on Caltrans’s behalf shall not rely upon this website, the data and information accessed through this website, or any document created using this website. The website, data, information, and documents may be inaccurate, false, out of date, uncorrected, and/or otherwise unreliable. The website, data, information, and documents are informational only and are not to be relied upon in any way.

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Third-Party Licenses

TIMS uses code from other open source projects, subject to the terms of their licenses. The components and their respective usage license types are listed below:

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