The UGPTI has initiated a Tribal Traffic Safety & Crash Data reporting study with North Dakota tribes. The study is ongoing, but some early details provide insight into the study for those who may not be aware of this project and may generate interest and participation in future opportunities.
Preliminary findings indicate that tribal populations in North Dakota have a substantially higher community loss from traffic injuries compared to others across all age groups. The study also shows that it is not just young, inexperienced drivers at great risk for traffic injuries, but also the 30-34 age group.
Crash data is valuable for a number of reasons. Initially, it assists planners in identifying and prioritizing traffic safety issues, formulating safety interventions, and aids in validating the tribe's need for funding. Ultimately, crash data WILL save lives!
In 2005, South Dakota conducted a successful crash data reporting study in Indian Country, resulting in a 64% increase in crash data covered over previous existing records. As a result, a "Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)" between the tribes and the state led to the establishment of step-by-step training models, and improved collaboration and communication efforts.
Another incredible success story comes from San Carlos Apache's Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program . During this 10-year program, seat belt use increased 144% and and motor vehicle crash injuries were reduced by 28%.
The crash data reporting study includes interviews, data collection, analysis of traffic safety plans, provisions for forms/data, MOU's, FIOA requests, and best practices and strategies.