Using GIS to Improve Tribal Traffic Safety

Transportation safety is a significant concern among tribal motorists and pedestrians. Among American Indian populations, motor-vehicle-related injuries are the leading cause of death for those 5-34 years old. Over the last three decades, the number of fatal crashes on Indian reservations increased dramatically, while declining nationally. Moreover, several recent reviews have noted that potentially effective approaches have been hampered by a lack of timely data and robust tools to guide appropriate strategies on tribal lands. This study is investigating the potential of new advances in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to enhance the collection, availability, and use of transportation-safety-related information. In partnership with Esri, this project is conducting a preliminary assessment of geo-related traffic safety information and, through collaborative analysis with tribes, will develop prototypes for potential use, the value of which will be determined through a series of stakeholder assessments.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Roadway Safety Institute

    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

    Center for Transportation Studies
    Minneapolis, MN  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Horan, Thomas

  • Start Date: 20141118
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39409

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01567212
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Roadway Safety Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC35, CTS-2015048
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2015 1:00AM