The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Native Tribal Traffic Education Program (TTEP) grant will be a proactive program designed to bring traffic safety education to the Native American population with initial efforts focused in CHP Northern, Valley, and Golden Gate Divisions. The CHP officers and other non-uniformed personnel involved in the program will serve as resources to Native American communities and tribes.
The goal of the CHP Native-TTEP grant will be to educate drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to help reduce the number of fatal and injury crashes involving all users of roads on and near tribal lands in California. It will also improve service and public trust in tribal communities by implementing many of the safety programs the CHP has to offer.
The topics of the program that will benefit California’s motoring public include seat belts, the proper use of child safety seats, the dangers of driving under the influence, pedestrian and bicycle education, defensive driving techniques, distracted driving, teen/parent driving safety, driver license requirements, and other educational subjects. Traffic safety presentations will be conducted at schools, public health fairs, tribal events, traffic safety conferences, bicycle rodeos, Indian education and Native youth programs, tribal Elder programs, passenger safety seat check-up events, and school bus safety training.
“We are excited to offer our traffic safety programs to tribes and Native Americans living in our communities all in an effort to strengthen relationships, reduce traffic crashes, and most importantly save lives,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray. The CHP Native-TTEP grant is the first safety grant program focused on reaching the Native American communities in California, which is home to the nation’s largest American Indian/Alaska Native population.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.