At TIRF, our mission is to reduce deaths and injuries resulting from road crashes. We achieve this goal by designing, implementing, evaluating and promoting evidence-based strategies. Over the past 50 years, TIRF has studied a wide range of solutions that can be applied to all road users ranging from education campaigns and penalties to licence testing, and photo enforcement. Our research has also explored a variety of tailored strategies for specific groups of road users such as driver education and graduated driver licensing programs for young and novice drivers, training programs for commercial drivers and motorcycle riders, and remedial programs and alcohol interlocks for impaired drivers. In addition, TIRF has explored the validity of online driver training programs, cognitive training programs for older drivers, and explored the use of driving simulators to predict performance on an on-road driving test.
Most recently, TIRF has created a Road Safety Campaign Toolkit for communities, and examined critical implementation issues associated with drug-impaired driving legislation relating to marijuana. Through our research, TIRF has also explored challenges associated with the implementation of automated vehicles in the next decade, and worked with 24 different organizations across the country representing five different sectors to develop a National Action Plan for Canada on distracted driving.
Work that is currently underway at TIRF includes the development of an implementation strategy to increase the usage of a citizen web-mapping surveillance tool to report bicycle incidents and evaluate this tool. The objective of this project is to promote and encourage safe and accessible bicycling and healthy living promotion. TIRF will also soon launch a new Drug-Impaired Driving Learning Centre (DIDLC) that examines the effectiveness of a cross-section of strategies to prevent and reduce drug-impaired driving.