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Title:Indian Reservation Safety Improvement Program: A Methodology and Case Study
Authors:Debbie S. Shinstine and Khaled Ksaibati
University:University of Wyoming
Publication Date:Nov 2015
Report #:MPC-15-291
Project #:MPC-367
TRID #:01583552
Keywords:case studies, countermeasures, crash rates, crash severity, highway safety, Indian reservations, logistic regression analysis, methodology, rural highways, stakeholders, strategic planning


Improving roadway safety on Indian reservations requires a comprehensive approach. Limited resources, lack of crash data, and few cross-jurisdictions coordination has made it difficult for Native American communities to address their roadway safety concerns. A methodology to improve roadway safety has been developed and successfully implemented on the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR). Key to the success of such a process is collaboration among safety stakeholders.

Strategic highway safety plans are used to assist agencies to determine effective safety improvements to their roadways. The WRIR has successfully developed a strategic plan utilizing the available crash data, identified ways to improve reporting, and incorporated their safety improvement program into the strategic plan.

Statistical models have been used to help researchers determine related factors and identify countermeasures to improve roadway safety. This study analyzes crash severity for rural highway systems in Wyoming using a multiple logistic regression model.

In order to improve transportation safety and other transportation issues in tribal communities, they need programs that meet their specific needs and culture. This report presents several programs that address livability and sustainability. Roadway safety is a primary goal among Native Americans in their efforts to improve the quality of life among their people.

How to Cite

Shinstine, Debbie S., and Khaled Ksaibati. Indian Reservation Safety Improvement Program: A Methodology and Case Study, MPC-15-291. North Dakota State University - Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Fargo: Mountain-Plains Consortium, 2015.

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