Guide for Effective Tribal Crash Reporting

Safety is a major concern for roadway practitioners across the United States. In many states, the Native American population is disproportionately represented in fatalities and crash statistics. For example, a study in South Dakota revealed that 737 crashes were documented in some fashion by tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement agencies in 2005, but only 52 were reported in enough detail to be included in the state accident reporting system. As a result, South Dakota tribes did not receive proportionate attention from state and federal programs that identify and target transportation safety issues. The issue is similar for tribes in most states. Native Americans' risk of motor-vehicle related death is about 4 times that of the general population. The risk is even higher for the population between 4 and 44 years old. Improved crash reporting by tribal law enforcement agencies would enable tribes to apply more successfully for state and federal funds for safety improvements.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    CFIRE 05-23

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)

    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 Engineering Hall
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    1415 Engineering Drive
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Principal Investigators:

    Noyce, David

  • Start Date: 20110701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33113

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01466478
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
  • Contract Numbers: CFIRE 05-23
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:18PM