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Tribal affairs - Initiatives, Transportation safety project


Focuses on transportation safety in Wisconsin's tribal communities by improving data collection and analysis, safety planning, training and education outreach efforts.

Safety planning

Phase I - Improving crash data on Wisconsin Indian reservations

Phase II - Identifying high priority safety projects within tribal communities

Tribal Safety Summit

Tribal Safety Summit.

Brings together key stakeholders including the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Indian Health Service, Wisconsin Division of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and tribes to identify transportation safety needs, develop solutions, and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to pool resources to address safety needs.

2011 Tribal Roads Safety Summit

March 24, 2011
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College
Hayward, WI

2009 Tribal Roads Safety Summit

Aug. 11, 2009
Indian Springs Lodge and Conference Center
Wabeno, WI

Safety Education Campaign

Safety campaign.

Safety campaign.

A safe driving public service announcement (PSA) YouTube (Playing time 00:02:24) was developed by students participating in the National Summer Transportation Institute Program through the College of Menominee Nation and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College in Wisconsin.

Developed in response to the startling data that the fatality rates among Native Americans in Wisconsin is approximately twice what it is for others in the state.

Statistical data revealed that Native Americans have the highest risk of motor vehicle related deaths of all ethnic groups. For ages 4 to 44, motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death. These crashes tend to be the result of young drivers, low safety belt use, impaired driving and road engineering deficiencies.

WisDOT Office of Tribal Affairs is developing a culturally tailored statewide Tribal Transportation Safety Education Campaign to increase awareness in Native American communities throughout the state of Wisconsin. The campaign will address the most critical safety concerns identified by tribes.

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Last modified: August 15, 2013

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