The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced $350 million in grants to help states upgrade and standardize their auto crash data.
The federal agency said the funds will enable intrastate data sharing and improve accuracy and timeliness of fatalities statistics, along with making the data more accessible.
The data includes details on pedestrians, cyclists and other “vulnerable road users.”
“These grants will mean more state data coming to NHTSA faster, which means we can put this information to good use in pursuing our shared safety goal – saving lives,” said Deputy Administrator Sophie Shulman in a press release.
“State data tells us what’s happening on our roads and allows us to develop effective and responsive strategies, countermeasures, research, rulemakings, and consumer education campaigns.”
Participating states will have five years to make the upgrades and transfer their data to the agency.