Press Release

​Jaime Coffee, Director of Communications
Office of Media Relations
601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811


​CHP Media Relations: (916) 843-3310



SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A $400,000 federal grant will help the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Native-Tribal Traffic Education Program (TTEP) build and strengthen the Department’s relationship with Northern California’s Native American communities. 


The grant will support TTEP – the CHP’s first grant-funded safety program specifically focused on reaching Native American communities – with funding for traffic safety education to drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists on and near California’s tribal lands.  With a population of nearly 720,000, California is home to more Native Americans/Alaskan Natives than any other state.  There are 109 federally recognized tribes, each with its own unique culture, history, and practices.  The program strives to improve service and public trust in tribal communities by implementing many of the lifesaving traffic safety programs the CHP has to offer.


We are excited to extend our traffic safety initiatives to tribes and Native American residents within our communities,” said CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee.  “The program’s primary goal is to save lives through education, while proactively building and maintaining relationships with California’s diverse tribal communities.”


CHP personnel involved in TTEP serve as resources to Native American/Alaska Native communities and tribes by sharing traffic safety information, conducting traffic safety presentations, and participating in community outreach and tribal cultural events.  The CHP has set a goal of conducting 125 tribal traffic safety presentations and other community outreach activities within the CHP’s Northern, Golden Gate, and Valley Divisions each grant cycle, with the intent of expanding the program statewide. 


Program topics will include seat belt safety, proper use of child safety seats, 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, and other activities.   


Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 


The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.


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