Safety on tribal roadways can be measured by reducing the numbers of crashes, fatalities and injuries. By fostering community awareness and promoting a multi-faceted approach to safety, tribal transportation organizations can target known safety issues, such as roadway departures, intersections and pedestrian safety, by implementing proven and innovative lifesaving countermeasures. Safety and crash data, along with road safety audits, provide the foundation upon which to make data-driven decisions. Low cost safety improvements, safety plan development, railroad-crossing improvements, signalized intersections and roundabouts are just a few of the initiatives that can be implemented to save lives.
Resources, Guidebooks and Tools
BIA Indian Nations Highway Safety Plan (link to pdf)
2018 guide to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes in Indian Country.
Primer on Safety Data and Analysis Toolbox (link to pdf)
Resources to build a new or strengthen an existing roadway safety data program.
NHTSA Countermeasures That Work: A Highway Safety Countermeasure Guide (link to pdf)
Guide to selecting effective, evidence-based countermeasure for traffic safety problem areas such as seat belts, speed management, and pedestrian and bike safety.
Local Road Safety Plan Development (link to website)
A framework for identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing local roadway safety improvements.
Strategic Transportation Safety Plan Template (link to website) (link to word template)
Planning document incorporating eight elements (introduction, vision, safety partners, process, existing efforts, data summary, emphasis areas, evaluation and implementation) to help develop a safety plan.
Manual for Selecting Safety Improvements on High Risk Rural Roads (link to pdf)
Information on the costs and benefits of safety treatments on high-risk rural roads including safety benefits, cost effectiveness, maintenance costs, and a decision-making process to identify treatments.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center: Crossing Islands (link to website)
Overview of crossing islands as an appropriate countermeasure to help protect crossing pedestrians.
Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (link to website)
Online tools to provide practitioners with engineering, education, or enforcement treatments to improve pedestrian safety and mobility at specific locations.
Governors Highway Safety Association’s 2018 Preliminary Data on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State (link to website)