The LACRASH software is used by law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Louisiana to electronically capture motor vehicle accident reporting information.
LACRASH was developed by the Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety (CARTS) to enhance the paper uniform motor vehicle traffic crash report form in the state of Louisiana. By electronically reproducing the crash report form, the LACRASH software allows officers to enter accident reporting information using a laptop in their patrol car or a desktop computer in their office. The electronic submission of the data helps to collect traffic crash reporting information in a timelier manner. With the added benefits of software edits, GPS devices, and card swipes, information collected using LACRASH is more accurate and complete.
LACRASH was initially released in December 2004 with a hand full of agencies going online January 1, 2005. As of October 2017, roughly 218 Louisiana law enforcement agencies were using LACRASH (~214 using version 2.0 SP1) with new and old agencies continually being added\upgraded as needed.
Benefits & Enhancements
Timeliness: electronic information is posted to the state repository ten times faster than paper report information
Accuracy and Completeness: LACRASH is integrated with diagramming software allowing officers to easily make drawings of crash scenes, magnetic card swipe hardware to read driver license information, GPS hardware to easily identify where the crash occurred, and built-in edits to help obtain more accurate and complete information
Cost Effective: LACRASH, along with the GPS & card swipe hardware, are free to any law enforcement agency within Louisiana
Accessibility: Law enforcement agencies have full access to their own data, CARTS analyzes the crash data and distributes reports on their website, and LACRASH has auxiliary reporting tools allowing agencies to easily query their crash information