Research

Using GIS to Improve Tribal Traffic Safety

Principal Investigator:

  • Thomas Horan, Researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project Summary:

Transportation safety is a significant concern among tribal motorists and pedestrians. Among American Indian populations, motor-vehicle-related injuries are the leading cause of death for those 5-34 years old. Over the last three decades, the number of fatal crashes on Indian reservations increased dramatically, while declining nationally. Moreover, several recent reviews have noted that potentially effective approaches have been hampered by a lack of timely data and robust tools to guide appropriate strategies on tribal lands.

This study is investigating the potential of new advances in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to enhance the collection, availability, and use of transportation-safety-related information. In partnership with Esri, this project is conducting a preliminary assessment of geo-related traffic safety information and, through collaborative analysis with tribes, will develop prototypes for potential use, the value of which will be determined through a series of stakeholder assessments.

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Project Details:

  • Start date: 11/2014
  • Project Status: Active
  • Research Area: Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow

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