Instructions:

Indicate whether the vehicle was towed and if ‘yes’, under which circumstance.

Definition:

The method and circumstance to which the involved vehicle left the scene. Towing assistance without removal of the vehicle from the scene, such as pulling a vehicle out of a ditch, is not considered to be towed for the purposes of this element.

Rationale:

The field Towed From Scene with the ‘yes, vehicle or trailer disabled’ attribute selected is important for identifying non-injury, “tow-away” crashes due to damage sustained in the crash. This information is vital to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in their selection criteria for truck and bus crashes.

CodeAttributeDefinition
1Yes, Vehicle or Trailer DisabledThis attribute is used for any towing which is due to disabling damage caused by this crash which prohibits vehicle movement under its own power. Vehicles which could be driven but would be further damaged by doing so should be counted as disabled.
2NoThis attribute is used for a vehicle that can depart the scene of the crash under its own power (not disabling damage) and did not have to be towed for other reasons.  A vehicle that can be driven but would be further damaged by doing so should be considered disabled.
3Yes, Other Reason Not DisabledThe vehicle did not sustain disabling damage, but the vehicle was removed from the scene of the crash by tow truck or other vehicle for other reasons (e.g., arrest). For a vehicle that is towed both because it is disabled and for other reasons (e.g. driver arrest), use the  attribute ‘yes, vehicle or trailer disabled’.
99UnknownIf this attribute is used, an explanation in the narrative is recommended.

Accuracy Checks

  • If the value of Towed from Scene is ‘yes, vehicle or trailer disabled’, then Damage Area Code cannot be ‘none’.

Other Related Fields

Damaged Area Code

Data Quality Audit Results

Report TypeAcceptableInconsistentInvalidEmpty
Local Police (electronic)54488.2%50.8%121.9%569.1%
Local Police (paper)54585.7%71.1%91.4%7511.8%
State Police (electronic)643100.0%
Total108957.4%120.6%211.1%77440.8%

The Towed from Scene field was the field in the vehicle section of the report that had the highest frequency of unacceptable information, at 57 percent. State Police left this field empty 100 percent of the time, likely revealing a systems issue, either with RAMS or the RMV. Local police left this field empty in 9 percent of reports submitted electronically, and in 12 percent of the reports submitted via paper. In some instances, the field was left empty because it was a parked car. Auditors representing law enforcement felt that officers were not sure how to complete information regarding parked vehicles. When comparing this data to the 2008 audit, the percentage of acceptable reports decreased by 30 percent.