November 26th, 2013

UDOT Launches a new Citizen Reporter Program

Optimize Mobility, by Lisa Miller.

Diagram showing all of the different data sources for weather operationsCurrent and forecast weather conditions are a critical part of traveler information in Utah.  Utah has many high mountain passes and rural routes that frequently experience hazardous winter weather, and accurate road condition information for these routes is vital for traveler safety and route planning.

The UDOT Citizen Reporting Program enlists volunteers to report on current road conditions along specific roadway segments across Utah.  The volunteers can be UDOT employees, law enforcement, truck drivers, plow drivers, experienced commuters, or other volunteers.  The long term goal of adding Citizen Reporters to UDOT’s weather operations road reporting is to supplement current condition reporting on segments where drivers are already traveling.

All of the incoming data is compiled with carefully crafted logic to determine the condition of the road surface. Reports from plow drivers, law enforcement and other experienced reporters may be utilized in a different way than volunteer citizen data, however all data is immensely valuable and helpful in determining the condition of the road surface.

How do I become a UDOT Citizen Reporter?

In order to become a UDOT Citizen Reporter, you will need to complete a brief training (either online or in person), take a short quiz and complete a sign-up form. The training takes approximately 30 minutes. Once a volunteer has completed these steps, they will be provided with a login and PIN, and can begin submitting reports. Reports are submitted through the UDOT Citizen Reporting app, downloadable for Android and Apple devices from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

If you would like to become a Citizen Reporter, please follow this link to take the online training: www.udottraffic.utah.gov/training/citizenreporter. For more information or to schedule an in person training, email UDOTCitizenReporter@utah.gov.

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Responses to “UDOT Launches a new Citizen Reporter Program”

  1. The UDOT Citizen report program doesnt sound like a good idea to me. UDOT should be utilizing cameras on these remote areas. The volunteers would need to be trained to know what theyre looking for. I wouldnt want some hoo-haa saying its a blizzard out when its light flurries. Or some hoo-haa sayin its dumping rain when its barely sprinkling out. I could see that happening more often than not.
    UDOT has plenty of money to fund the cameras. They need to cut pay on all their administration and use those funds. currupt idiots.

  2. Citizen reporters are required to complete training before they are given access to the application. Their reports are also monitored by our weather group and are used in addition to, not in place of, reports from our plow crews. Anyone who is found making false reports will be automatically removed from the program. Every effort is being made to assure that this helps provide accurate and timely information to the public.

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