The vision of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is to ensure people using roads make it home safely every day by eliminating road deaths, serious injuries and their social costs. 

TIRF’s mission is to be the knowledge source for safe road users and a world leader in research, program and policy development, evaluation, and knowledge transfer.

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Recent Releases

Impaired Driving & Road Safety Leadership

The proceedings from the 17th and 18th Annual Meetings of the DWI Working Group on System Improvements, Impaired Driving & Road Safety Leadership, describe strategies to help refocus and reprioritize enforcement, prevention, and intervention initiatives with a particular emphasis on impaired driving and related risks. This report was created to inspire and renew political and agency leadership at all levels to address risky and impaired driving. More generally, this report also helps to support NHTSA’s National Roadway Safety Strategy to eliminate fatal and serious traffic injuries.

TIRF USA Road Safety Monitor 2021: Alcohol-impaired driving & COVID-19 in the United States

The TIRF USA 2021 fact sheet summarizes key findings regarding the prevalence of alcohol-impaired driving, reasons for engaging in this behavior and characteristics of these drivers. Survey results are compared to data from previous years. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this RSM also describes the effects of the pandemic on risky driving behaviors.

COVID-19 Road Safety Monitor 2021: The Impact of the Pandemic on Road Safety and Mobility

TIRF released a new fact sheet, COVID-19 Road Safety Monitor 2021 | The Impact of the Pandemic on Road Safety & Mobility, sponsored by Desjardins. This special edition Road Safety Monitor (RSM) examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the attitudes and practices of Canadians with respect to travel behaviour and road safety in 2021 compared to the two previous years. Risky behaviours examined in this poll are speeding, distracted driving, alcohol-impaired driving, drug-impaired driving, polysubstance use and driving, fatigued driving, and seatbelt use.

Sondage sur la sécurité routière 2021 | L’impact de la pandémie de COVID-19 sur la sécurité routière et la mobilité

FRBR annonce la publication d’un nouveau feuillet d’information, Sondage sur la sécurité routière 2021 | L’impact de la pandémie de COVID-19 sur la sécurité routière et la mobilité, commanditée par Desjardins. Cette édition spéciale du Sondage sur la sécurité routière examine les effets de la pandémie de COVID-19 sur les attitudes et les pratiques des Canadiens en matière de déplacement et de sécurité routière en 2021 par rapport aux deux années précédentes. La vitesse, la distraction au volant, la conduite avec les facultés affaiblies par l’alcool, la drogue ou la consommation de plusieurs substances toxiques, la fatigue au volant et le port de la ceinture de sécurité sont les comportements à risque étudiés dans ce sondage.

Road Safety Monitor 2021 | Drinking & Driving in Canada

TIRF releases a new fact sheet, Road Safety Monitor 2021 | Drinking & Driving in Canada, sponsored by Beer Canada and Desjardins. It summarizes national poll results combined with data examining trends in alcohol among persons killed in road crashes from TIRF’s National Fatality Database, also sponsored by Desjardins.

Sondage sur la sécurité routière 2021: L’alcool au volant au Canada

FRBR annonce la publication d’un nouveau feuillet d’information, Sondage sur la sécurité routière 2021 | L’alcool au volant au Canada, parrainé par Bière Canada et Desjardins. Ce document résume les résultats d’un sondage national combinés à des données sur les tendances en matière d’alcool chez les personnes tuées dans des collisions de la route, tirées de la base de données nationale sur les décès de la FRBR, également parrainée par Desjardins

Drug & Fatigue-Related Fatal Collisions in Canada | 2000-2018

TIRF announces the release of a new fact sheet, Drug & Fatigue-Related Fatal Collisions in Canada | 2000-2018, sponsored by Desjardins. Data from TIRF’s National Fatality Database were used to prepare this fact sheet which explores trends in the role of drug use and fatigue among fatally injured road traffic victims. Other topics examined include characteristics of drug-related and fatigue-related crashes resulting in fatalities.

Collisions mortelles associées aux drogues et à la fatigue au Canada | 2000 à 2018

FRBR annonce la publication d’une nouvelle fiche d’information, Collisions mortelles associées aux drogues et à la fatigue au Canada | 2000-2018, sponsorisée par Desjardins. Les données de la Base de données nationale sur les collisions mortelles de la FRBR ont été utilisées pour préparer cette fiche d’information qui explore le rôle joué par la consommation de drogues et la fatigue chez les victimes de la circulation routière. Parmi les autres sujets examinés figurent les caractéristiques des collisions mortelles associées aux drogues et à la fatigue.

Alcohol, Marijuana & Driving Risk

TIRF released a new fact sheet, Alcohol, Marijuana & Driving Risk, sponsored by Beer Canada. It reviews research regarding the effects of alcohol and marijuana on crash risk, as well as the effects of those substances combined. In concert with this release, TIRF has relaunched its impaired driving education program, Sober Smart Driving, also with funding provided by Beer Canada and in partnership with ArriveAlive. The program shares knowledge and research to answer common questions about alcohol and impaired driving. With Canada Day celebrations soon taking place and the easing of some restrictions on gatherings, it’s imperative Canadians understand the effects of alcohol on the body and driving skills.

Impaired & Distracted Driving: Data Comparison

TIRF released Impaired & Distracted Driving: Data Comparison, with financial support provided by The Co-operators. Almost as many persons died in distraction-related crashes as alcohol-related crashes in Canada in 2017, both in terms of the number and percentage killed. This report contains data related to fatal and serious injury collisions, convictions, and self-reported behaviour which have historically been used to measure progress reducing drinking and driving. Analysing data regarding the magnitude and characteristics of this issue compared to distracted driving provides important context to understand the risk posed which can help inform legislation and education efforts.