FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, March 22, 2010
DMV COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN EMPIRESTAT PROGRAM
Data-Driven Initiative Announced in Governor's 2010 State of the State Address
Commissioner David J. Swarts of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Chair of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) today announced that the agency is part of Governor David A. Paterson's new EmpireStat: Running State Government by the Numbers program. The data-driven initiative, first announced by the Governor in his 2010 State of the State address, uses existing IT services, data systems and public meetings to monitor and improve State agency operations. EmpireStat will focus on four targeted areas including road safety.
"We are pleased to be part of the Governor's effort to utilize existing department resources to highlight the performance of government and to hold agencies to a high level of accountability, performance and efficiency," said Commissioner Swarts. "As always, we will continue to strive to ensure our limited public resources provide the greatest return on the taxpayers' investment while we work to improve highway safety."
The safety areas that will be monitored and listed on the EmpireStat Web site are crash data from six different reporting areas, alcohol-related arrest categories and passenger restraint tickets. On a regular performance reporting basis, data will be specifically broken down to include:
EmpireStat is part of Governor Paterson's Office of Taxpayer Accountability (OTA). The Governor created the OTA to save taxpayer dollars and provide property tax relief by shrinking government; reducing costs; eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse; improving local government efficiency; and increasing transparency and accountability. For more information on Governor Paterson's initiatives to cut government costs, improve efficiency and manage the State budget crisis, visit the OTA Web site at www.Taxpayer.ny.gov.
The numbers included in the DMV portion of the report are derived from potentially unexamined and incomplete data in DMV databases at the time the counts are taken. Due to variances in reporting, at any particular point in time, the data may vary significantly from official end of the year counts published by DMV. Alcohol-related arrests do not include DWI incidents in certain jurisdictions, such as in New York City and portions of Suffolk County, which are not reported to DMV.
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