Guide for Effective Tribal Crash Reporting

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December 2011
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Primary Investigator

David Noyce
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison
1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 EH


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.


The objective of this research is to produce a guide for the development and implementation of effective tribal crash reporting programs in order to improve tribal transportation safety planning and programs.


  1. Literature and implemented program review
  2. Development of a survey tool and evaluation criteria
  3. Conduct the data collection process
  4. Compile data and inventory programs that meet or exceed the developed selection criteria
  5. Interim report
  6. Develop first draft of the Guide
  7. Final report

Project Information

  • Duration: 18 months
  • Dates: July 2011 – January 2013
  • Budget: $200,000
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 05-23
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