On average, the Village of Wheeling has 120 reported traffic
accidents per month. These accidents range from simple fender benders,
to ones that result in major property damage. The village police
department maintains a record database detailing each reported accident
with such data as its location and the time the accident was reported.
By maintaining this database, the police department is able to track the
amount of accidents by time and day of the week. In addition to the
data that they were tracking in their database, the police department
wanted a series of maps showing the location of each accident so the
officers would get a visual representation of the database.
A series of maps were created showing the traffic accidents for each
month broken down by the type of accident. By seeing the location of all
the accidents on each map, the officers get a good idea where all the
accidents are occurring and can take measures to prevent accidents in
those areas with the help of other village departments. By having a
visual representation of their accident data, the police can make better
decisions on where their officers should investigate.