California & Nevada Tribal Transportation Training & Technical Assistance Program

Tribal Transportation Safety Planning Project
The National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) is proud to announce that it has been contracted by the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians to administer the Transportation Safety Planning Project for California Tribes. Joan Harper, the Transportation Safety Planning Project Coordinator, will coordinate transportation safety plan training and technical assistance for development of tribal transportation safety plans as well as other subjects including long range transportation plans, conducting road safety audits and pedestrian safety audits. The project goal is to increase the number of tribal transportation safety plans in California and to make California tribes more competitive for tribal safety set aside funds.  Finally, to assist this project, NIJC and UC Berkeley’s SafeTREC have partnered to develop training and an online tool for California tribes to access their safety data from SWITRS.  For more information about these projects, e-mail or go to the NIJC project website at:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC’s WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources. Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use WISQARS™ data to learn more about the public health and economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury in the United States. To go to the website click here.

New online tutorials are available to help you learn to use the Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS™) more effectively. The tutorials assist users with navigation, searching, sorting and report generation through practice questions and sample reports, and they now feature American Indian/Alaska Native examples.
online tutorial includes lessons on:

    • Fatal Injury Reports,
    • Fatal Injury Mapping,
    • Leading Causes of Death, and
    • Years of Potential Life Lost.

U.S.DOT-Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Monday Matinee-YouTube Video
Road Safety Audits: Improved Safety Saves Lives
This video showcases the Road Safety Audit. Have you ever watched one of those television crime dramas like "CSI," "Law and Order," or "The Closer" where a team of experts go over a crime scene with a fine-toothed comb, finding the most minute pieces of evidence to reveal exactly what happened...and why?

Subscribe to the NIJC Podcast Channel on iTunes!

The National Indian Justice Center has developed a podcast channel available through iTunes. Open iTunes, click on iTunes Store, click on Podcasts, search for National Indian Justice Center and subscribe to our podcast channel or individual episodes for free. Subscribers may view existing podcasts and will receive future podcasts automatically.

Pedestrian Safety Audit Podcastsand Curricula

The PSA Podcasts are approximately 5 minutes in length. The first podcast provides an overview of the steps in conducting a pedestrian safety audit (PSA) as well as profiling a PSA conducted at the LaJolla Indian Reservation in partnership with PedSafe, Caltrans and FHWA. This important information is part of an online curriculum that may be accessed by e-mailing and requesting a username and password to access the online course.

It's Up to All of Us

“It’s Up to All of Us” is a creative new public education campaign that seeks to reduce pedestrian injury and death. Campaign materials are available free of charge and include a series of 18 media templates. Materials can be used “as is” or customized to address local needs. The National Justice Center has adapted some of the campaign templates to include tribal and culturally relevant graphics and text. “It’s Up to All of Us” is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through a collaborative project with the Pedestrian Safety Program of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

The campaign draws on CDPH’s longstanding work in the use of public education campaigns to influence individual and community behavior through norm change -- an approach that is well proven in public health and has contributed to reduced tobacco use, better control of disease transmission, improved cancer screening, and better dietary habits. “It’s Up to All of Us” is one of several services and supports offered by CDPH’s Pedestrian Safety Program and grows directly out of CDPH’s work with communities across the state. In 2009, CDPH produced a comprehensive workbook, “Communication for Pedestrian Safety: Risk, Response and Change” (available below) which provides communities with a “how to guide” for applying risk communication and norm change principles and practices to pedestrian safety. In 2010-2011, CDPH conducted workbook trainings – and used that training – to inform the development of “It’s Up to All of Us.” It’s up to all of us to make a difference.

It's Up to All of Us

Visit CDPH's It's Up to All of Us website to download the campaign Template Materials (available in Spanish and Bilingual forms as well).

Link to the California Department of Public Health PedSafe Program website.

It's Up to All of Us campaign template materials adapted for tribal communities and organizations.

Link to the Workbook Communication for Pedestrian Safety: Risk, Response & Change (pedestrian safety messaging curriculum).

Link to the NIJC workshop handout showing how tribes may use the steps outlined in the safety messaging portion of the curriculum to improve pedestrian safety in their communities. (Powerpoint File) (PDF File)

Link to the Native Child and Youth Pedestrian Safety in California Fact Sheet.

Link to NIJC's Survey of Tribal Communities and Organizations (regarding culturally relevant secondary-messages pertaining to pedestrian safety for potentially tailoring the It's Up to All of Us educational templates for California tribes).

Link to the new Podcast describing how tribes may use the steps outlined in the safety messaging portion of the curriculum to improve pedestrian safety in their communities. (iTunes Podcast), (MP4 format) or (WMV format).

Evaluating Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Western Michigan University - The purpose of the study was to evaluate the impact of new pedestrian countermeasure installations on pedestrian safety to assist in informing future pedestrian safety initiatives. To read the research report click here.

Safe Journeys: Tribal Road Safety Audits

The National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) will partner with experts from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to create educational resources for California tribal communities to provide them with guidelines and processes for conducting Road Safety Audits (RSA).  FHWA demonstrates how to conduct an effective RSA in a training video that is designed to cultivate other trainers within tribal communities.  A companion online course has been developed to reinforce information and concepts from the video and to foster better awareness among tribal community members of the benefits of RSAs for increasing roadway multi-modal safety. NIJC produced a video and online course using its permanent staff and involving the FHWA and tribal transportation safety experts as informants. To access these resources, go to the Safe Journeys webpage at

As part of this project, NIJC will conduct a survey of California Tribal Communities about their interest in and experience with road safety audits. To take the survey, please click the link below:



(The CD Rom is a collection of handouts and informational materials available from NIJC, please contact us for your order.)

Bison on the road
Photo courtesy of and copyright to Jonathan Upchurch. (Please do not duplicate without his permission.)