Established as a registered Canadian charity, Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is an independent, road safety research institute. TIRF conducts scientific research to identify the human causes and effects of road crashes. It develops and evaluates programs and policies to address them, and shares research findings through a wealth of free educational resources and education programs.

Recent Releases

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.

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.

House Brief on Senior Drivers & Automated Vehicles: Knowledge, Attitudes & Practices

Results of the ‘Senior Drivers & Automated Vehicles: Knowledge, Attitudes & Practices’ study, funded by the Toyota Canada Foundation, were summarized in written testimony that was submitted in response to a call for submissions to the “Automated and Connected Vehicles in Canada” study being conducted by the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities of the House of Commons.

Road Safety Monitor: Alternatives to alcohol-impaired driving in the United States, 2017

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA, Inc. (TIRF USA) in partnership with TIRF in Canada released the third annual Road Safety Monitor (RSM) on alternatives to alcohol-impaired driving, sponsored by Anheuser-Busch. The survey takes the pulse of the nation on the alcohol-impaired driving issue by means of an online survey of a random, representative sample of American drivers aged 21 years or older. A total of 5,027 participants completed the poll in September/October 2017; 5,050 in October 2016; and, 5,009 in October/November 2015.