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Dashboard Overview - Utah Department of Public Safety
Dashboard Overview - Utah Department of Public Safety

A brief overview of navigation and use of the public dashboards for the Utah Department of Public Safety.

Greg Olsen avatar
Written by Greg Olsen
Updated over a week ago

The Utah Department of Public Safety has worked to create several Dashboards to help visualize and share crash reporting information with the public, found here:

Each of these dashboards focuses on specific emphasis areas and provide users with detailed, filterable information regarding each emphasis area. Currently, the following dashboards are available for use:

  • Utah Crash Summary

  • Alcohol Related

  • Alcohol Related vs Drug Related

  • Animal Involved

  • Bicycle Involved

  • Distraction

  • Drowsy Driving

  • Drug Related

  • Fatalities Data

  • Motorcycle Involved

  • Occupant Protection (Person level, and Crash level)

  • Older Driver Involved

  • Pedestrian Involved

  • Scooter/Skater Involved

  • Speed Related

  • Teen Driver Involved

How to Navigate a Dashboard

While the content of each dashboard is unique, the use and navigation of each dashboard is the same.

Each Dashboard is composed of three main areas: The search bar, the filter sidebar, and the Metrics.

(The Utah Crash Summary Dashboard with the Search Bar (Green), Filter Sidebar (Blue), and Metrics (Orange) Highlighted.)

At the top of each Dashboard is the search bar. The search bar serves two main functions: it displays the current filters that are applied to the Dashboard, and it allows users to search for additional filters to apply to the Dashboard.

When you open each Dashboard, there is automatically a date range filter applied. This can be modified by clicking on the date range, and selecting a new date for the filter.

Any time a new filter is added, either through the Search Bar, the Filter Sidebar, or by clicking on a chart, it will be displayed in the Search Bar.

Any filter can be modified by clicking on any part of the filter. In the image below, I am changing the year from 2019, to 2018.

(Changing the Year from 2019 to 2018 in the Introduction Tab of the Utah Crash Summary Dashboard)

Additional filters can be added using the search bar by clicking on the Add Filter button, and typing to search for a filter. For example, I am adding a filter to only display crashes in which Alcohol was involved by typing the word Alcohol into the filter bar, and selecting Alcohol Related from the dropdown.

(Searching for, and selecting the Alcohol Related filter to the When? Tab of the Utah Crash Summary dashboard.)

Any filter can be removed by clicking on the X next to the filter.

The filterbar will remain persistent across a Dashboard, meaning if you apply a filter, you can navigate between tabs in that dashboard without having to reset your filters each time.

Note that filters are reset each time a new Dashboard is opened.

Filter Sidebar

The Filter Sidebar contains many of the most frequently used filters available in easy-to-use dropdown menus. To apply a filter from the sidebar, simply click on the dropdown menu, and select the filter from the list. You can either scroll through the list and select the option, or begin typing to easily find what you are looking for.

In the example below, I am adding a city filter to display only the information for the city of Sandy.

(Selecting the City of Sandy from the Filter Sidebar in the Where? Tab of the Utah Crash Summary Dashboard.)


The Metrics section of a Dashboard displays the data in a chart, graph, or metric. Each component of the Dashboard updates automatically to reflect any filters that are applied to the Dashboard. When you first open a Dashboard, only a date-range filter is applied, so you are viewing the data for the entire state of Utah, in the specified date range.

(The Where? Tab of the Bicycle Involved Dashboard with the default year filters applied.)

When a location filter is applied, each metric updates to reflect the newly applied filter. In the example below, I am adding a location filter for Davis County to the dashboard. Notice that the same metrics are present in both images, only the data has updated to reflect the filter change.

(Adding the Davis County filter to the Where? Tab of the Bicycle Involved Dashboard)

Additionally, most of the charts in a Dashboard can serve as interactive filters. By clicking on an element of a chart, you can apply the selected element as a filter to a chart. In the example below, I am clicking on the Driver Age: Under 21 bar, and it is applied to the entire Dashboard as a filter. Notice the color change in the selected element of the chart, as well as the additional filter in the search bar at the top of the screen.

Clicking on the same element again will remove the filter.

(Selecting the Driver Age: Under 21 Metric, from the Who? Tab of the Bicycle Safety Dashboard)

Most dashboards contain different tabs of data, users can navigate between tabs of data by clicking on the tab, located just beneath the search bar. Switching tabs will not impact any filters you may have applied. It will only change the charts that are displayed in the metrics section of the Dashboard.

(Navigating between the Who? And When? Tabs of the Bicycle Safety dashboard)

Navigating between Dashboards

Depending on the Dashboard you have open, you may be able to navigate between the various Dashboards. This can be done by clicking on the Dashboard Dropdown, located at the top of the screen, then clicking the new Dashboard.

Note: switching between Dashboards will remove any filters you had applied.

(Switching between the Bicycle Safety, and Utah Crash Summary Dashboards)

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