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New UDOT program recruits citizen reporters

New UDOT program recruits citizen reporters

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Transportation 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 data are 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 used in a different way than volunteer citizen data; however, all data are helpful in determining the condition of the road surface.

To become a UDOT citizen reporter, complete a brief training (either online or in person), take a short quiz and complete a sign up form. The training takes bout 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.

Online training is found at http://www.udottraffic.utah.gov/training/citizenreporter/. For more information or to schedule an in-person training, email UDOTCitizenReporter@utah.gov.

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