According to the Centers for Disease Control WISQARS reports, motor vehicle traffic-related fatalities were the leading type of fatal
unintentional injury among Arizona American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN). Motor vehicle injuries are an even more severe problem
among members of the Hopi Tribe in Arizona. According to the Arizona State Health Department, from 2011-2018, motor vehicle traffic
collisions were the leading cause of fatal unintentional injury on the Hopi Reservation for all ages. Based on this data, the Hopi Tribe is
applying for a Part 1 TIPCAP funding opportunity to reduce motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths among community members.
Evidence based strategies selected to address motor vehicle crashes include occupant restraint usage and impaired driving. The
supporting program initiatives will focus on interventions that intend to increase occupant restraint usage, provide education, prevent
alcohol-impaired driving, and continue to enhance the enforcement of existing occupant restraint and Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
laws. The proposal intends to have the Hopi Law Enforcement Services (HLES) work collaboratively with the Hopi Department of
Transportation (HDOT) to implement the goals and objectives of the work plan. The HDOT Safety Coordinator will support the
supervisor role and administration oversight for the TIPCAP injury prevention coordinator position. Several injury Prevention efforts
have already been initiated by the Hopi Injury Prevention Coalition, HLES, and HDOT to provide education, conduct surveys, develop
materials, and present to the Law & Order Committee related to motor vehicle initiatives. For example, in March 2020, the Law & Order
Committee unanimously approved the decision that a primary law should be implemented and brought before Tribal Council.
Furthermore, evaluation will be an integral component throughout the program and will begin with the collection of baseline data
against which to measure the results of the program activities. The evaluation plan will include, as appropriate, outcome, impact,
formative, and process evaluation strategies. The Hopi Tribe has a long history of successful injury prevention actions and
accomplishments. Furthermore, the Hopi Tribe, the HDOT, and the HLES working collaboratively have the organizational capacity to
administer and oversee an external grant of this type, to meet or exceed the program goal and objectives, and to positively impact the
health status of the residents of the Hopi Reservation.