Tribal Road Safety

photo: car on a highway approaching Monument Valley

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of unintentional injury death for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN).1 Adult (aged ≥20 years) motor vehicle-related death rates for AI/AN are more than twice that of non-Hispanic whites or blacks.1 Proven strategies to reduce motor vehicle injuries and deaths can be successfully tailored to tribal communities.

Tribal Road Safety BestPractices Guide

The Tribal Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention (TMVIP) Best Practices Guide provides recommended strategies and examples from Indian Country to increase seat belt use, increase child safety seat use, and reduce alcohol-impaired driving. The Guide also outlines five important components for TMVIP.

Safe Driving in Tribal Communities

Check out CDC’s Tribal Road Safety Tool Kit and share the materials to help reduce crash-related injuries and deaths among members of tribal nations.

A Killer in Indian Country video

This video highlights the important steps to save lives and reduce injuries in tribal communities, including increasing child safety seat use, increasing seat belt use and decreasing alcohol-impaired driving.

Photo: American Indian teenagers

CDC’s Injury Center works with tribal nations to implement motor vehicle injury prevention programs. Learn about American Indian/Alaska Natives’ risks on the road and how CDC-funded programs are helping to improve road safety for Native Americans.


CDC Vital Signs: Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths. In 2013, the US crash death rate was more than twice the average of other high-income countries. www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/motor-vehicle-safety