Report to Congress: Tribal Governments & Safety Data
The generally low-quality of safety data available in Tribal areas makes it difficult to fully understand the transportation safety problem and develop appropriate countermeasures. With improved information, better tailored programs and projects can help to reduce transportation incidents that result in fatalities and serious injuries. On May 24, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration published a report to Congress titled “Tribal Governments and Safety Data”. The report can be found at: https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/ttp/safety/safety-reports.htm
The report contains several recommendations to help improve the quality and availability of safety data in Tribal areas. Already FHWA and NHTSA have coordinated on changes to the Traffic Records Assessment Manual that reflect the need to involve Tribal data when assessments are being conducted. Also, the Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund will now encourage Tribal governments to conduct a crash data self-assessment to evaluate the benefits of improved crash data collection, sharing, and use. Guidelines for conducting such an assessment can be found in National Cooperative Highway Research Project Report 788. The Tribal Transportation Safety Management Steering Committee plans to serve as a national-level traffic records coordinating committee.
This report to congress is the first in a series of two reports that congress required in the FAST Act. The second report will provide a list of options for improving transportation safety in Tribal areas. This second report is under development by the Tribal Transportation Safety Management Steering Committee and will be based on the information documented in the Tribal Transportation Strategic Safety Plan.