The primary focus and mission of the Navajo Nation Department of Highway Safety is to provide highway safety awareness and education with the intent of decreasing the number of motor vehicle related unintentional injuries and death among the Navajo people. Including:
• Increase correct usage of child passenger safety seat through education, distribution and enforcement throughout the Navajo Nation by 20% by the end of the project.
• Increase usage of seatbelts through education and enforcement throughout the Navajo Nation by 20% by the end of the project.
Motor vehicle related incidents continue to plaque our Navajo Nation with unintentional injuries and fatalities. It is the one of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities for all age groups, the disparity rate is even more pronounced in our 16-24 year old age group.
On a positive note; the Navajo Nation currently has a Primary Seatbelt and Child Restraint Law that is used as a tool for education.
Unfortunately, the problem area for non-use or mis-use is the unavailability of family finances to purchase child restraints, to purchase vehicles with enough seating available to families being transported thus creating unsafe travel for families throughout the Navajo Nation.
Currently, the Navajo Department of Highway Safety provides valuable education to the general public on topic areas including: Seatbelt and Child Restraint Usage, Underage Drinking Campaigns, DUI/DWI Awareness, Distracted Driving, Winter Driving Tips, etc.
With limited funding, the Navajo Department of Highway Safety seeks outside funding to assist with proven intervention strategies to bring awareness to community members throughout the Navajo Nation.