Tribal Transportation Safety Reports to Congress
The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) section 1117, passed in December 2015, directs the Secretary of Transportation to complete two reports. The full text of FAST Act Section 1117 is available here. The Tribal Transportation Safety Management System Steering Committee is involved in the development of both reports. More information about the committee can be found at http://tribalsafety.org/SMS-Committee/SMS-Committee.
Safety Data Quality, Sharing, and Use
On May 24, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration published a report to Congress titled "Tribal Governments and Safety Data". The report is available here (Acrobat, 1.99 MB).
This report to Congress contains several recommendations to help improve the quality and availability of safety data in Tribal areas. Improvements in the collection of traffic safety data would allow for tailored programs and projects aimed at reducing vehicular and pedestrian fatalities and injuries. A major recommendation is for Tribal governments to conduct traffic records assessments to evaluate the benefits of improved crash data collection, sharing, and use. Guidelines for conducting such assessments can be found in the National Cooperative Highway Research Project Report 788.
Options for Improving Safety on Public Roads
The Tribal Transportation Safety Management System Steering Committee is currently developing a national tribal transportation strategic safety plan. The plan will provide analysis of existing safety data and highlight contributing factors involved in crashes in Tribal areas. Further, the plan will provide strategies that can be used by Tribal governments to address these topics. This plan will inform a second report to Congress.
For more information concerning these reports please contact:
Federal Highway Administration