Most deaths and injuries on our roads are preventable. The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), an independent, road safety research institute, and registered Canadian charity works to improve road safety for all Canadians.

Our research generates new knowledge about current and emerging issues that create risk. Our publications and free educational resources share the latest evidence to inform decisions and actions by government, business and industry, traffic safety agencies, and non-profit organizations around the world.

TIRF’s areas of expertise include: alcohol– and drug-impaired driving, distracted and fatigued driving, and speeding / aggressive driving. Our work also explores new technologies such as alcohol interlocks, automated enforcement and automated vehicles. We study young drivers, aging drivers, commercial vehicle drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists as well as wildlife-vehicle interactions. Results of our research influence legislation, program and policy development, enforcement, education, and training. Click here to access a complete listing of our free educational resources and available programs.

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Recent Releases

Action 2 Zero – Coming Soon

Coming soon in Summer 2019 – The Action2Zero (Act2Z) Centre gives communities access to tools and resources to help them reduce road crashes by sharing the latest knowledge of evidence-based interventions. Act2Z contains online assessment tools to help communities gauge the status of road safety according to several dimensions, a suite of free templates and tools to help communities implement a variety of road safety strategies, and, enables communities to monitor and measure road safety progress while benchmarking important indicators.

Distracted Driving Policies & the Transportation Industry

Employers in the trucking industry recognize their critical role in prioritizing strategies to prevent distracted driving among employees and protect them from other distracted drivers on the road. The business case for employers compares the costs of prevention activities to the costs of crashes immediately following their occurrence, as well as in the short-term and longer-term. This fact sheet describes the potential impact of distracted driving collisions on employers; the full business case will be published Summer 2019.

Distracted Driving Technology Framework: Overview

Technologies designed to mitigate distracted driving are perceived to be a solution that holds great potential to reduce and prevent collisions. In order to increase understanding of these technologies and their role in reducing distracted driving, it is important that users are able to critically assess the objective or purpose of technologies, their limitations, and the potential benefits or value offered by them. To aid in assessments to determine the impact of new technologies on distraction among drivers, a framework is needed to clearly define key questions that should be asked as part of any assessment of technologies designed to reduce distracted driving.

AIIPA Sixth Annual Conference Proceedings 2018

The 2018 Association of Ignition Interlock Program Administrators (AIIPA) conference proceedings, authored by TIRF staff, are now available. The 2018 conference, held in St. Louis, MO, focused on Cases, Collaboration, and Campaigns. The proceedings contain a comprehensive overview of ignition interlock programs across the United States. It includes new interlock research and best practices relating to program policies and administration. Awareness campaigns, educational strategies and the latest technologies are also discussed.

WG 2017 – The Persistent DWI Offender Policy & Practice Considerations

The Persistent DWI Offender Policy & Practice Considerations summarizes similarities and differences between first and persistent DWI offenders and their experiences in the justice system to explore ways to increase the effectiveness of justice system responses to persistent offenders pre- as well as post-adjudication.

WG 2017 – Key Questions that Help Motivate DWI Probationers

Key Questions for Probation Officers that Help Motivate DWI Probationers contains an overview of strategies for probation professionals to effectively motivate DWI probationers and encourage the acceptance and development of pro-social attitudes and behaviors.

Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States, 2018

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA, Inc. (TIRF USA), in partnership with TIRF in Canada and with sponsorship from Anheuser-Busch, is pleased to release a new fact sheet summarizing findings about self-reported alcohol-impaired driving behavior in the United States. This fact sheet is based on the Road Safety Monitor (RSM) 2018 online poll conducted by TIRF USA of a random, representative sample of 1,500 U.S. drivers aged 21 years or older.

Road Safety Monitor 2018: Drinking and Driving in Canada

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) releases a new fact sheet summarizing findings about self-reported drinking and driving behaviour in Canada. This fact sheet is based on the Road Safety Monitor (RSM) 2018 poll conducted by TIRF, in partnership with Beer Canada and Desjardins Insurance. Despite considerable gains in reducing drinking and driving in recent years, these results, which are strongly correlated with fatal alcohol-crash data, could be an early warning sign that progress may be slipping.

Drinking & Driving: Prevention Strategies for Women

Women report that the factors and circumstances that contribute to their drinking and driving are different than men. This fact sheet summarizes the latest facts about drinking and driving among women, prevention strategies that are appropriate for women, and, includes tips on how women can support each other in getting home safely.