The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) works with governments, communities, industries, and road safety organizations to make roads safer and reduce road deaths and injuries among Canadians. Our research influences legislation, program and policy development, enforcement, health, education, and training across many sectors. TIRF projects tackle priority road safety issues and create free tools and resources with funding provided by project sponsors & donors:
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA, Inc. (TIRF USA) in partnership with the Association of Ignition Interlock Program Administrators (AIIPA), and TIRF Canada released 2018 Ignition Interlock Installations: State Data. This study is based on 2018 interlock installation data collected from state agencies in the US. It provides a benchmark for state ignition interlock program administrators and impaired driving stakeholders to measure interlock usage and growth in interlock programs. Even though consistent progress has been made increasing installations in the past decade, there is plenty of room for growth using strong strategies to ensure offenders required to install a device do so.
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), in partnership with the University of Victoria and with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, released a new report, BikeMaps.org – Final report on the evaluation of a crowdsourced tool to compile, analyze and communicate data about cycling safety. This publicly provided data help supplement official collision data sources and is analyzed in conjunction to identify hotspots with higher incidents of certain types of reports.
La Fondation de recherche sur les blessures de la route (FRBR), en partenariat avec l’université de Victoria et avec un financement de l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada, a publié un nouveau rapport, BikeMaps.org intitulé Rapport final sur l’évaluation d’un outil participatif servant à compiler, à analyser et à communiquer des données au sujet de la sécurité à vélo. Ces données rendues publiques complètent les sources de données officielles sur les collisions et sont analysées conjointement pour identifier les points chauds présentant des incidents plus élevés de certains types de rapports.
This fact sheet discusses the reasons people drink and drive, the characteristics of drivers who engage in this behavior, and their experiences in the justice system. It also provides information about the effectiveness of road safety campaigns and shares the types of messages that are more likely to resonate with drivers, as well as examples of effective campaigns.
Alcohol-impaired driving is a top road safety concern in the United States. Despite substantial progress reducing alcohol-impaired driving in the U.S., still 10,874 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2017 (NHTSA October 2018). According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol-impaired driving fatalities involving a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater accounted for almost 3 in 10 motor vehicle fatalities or 29.3% of all fatal crashes. This problem persists because many people simply do not understand the risks associated with driving after drinking.
The Alcohol Interlocks Myths & Facts infographic is a free, downloadable visual resource. Currently, 35 states and Washington D.C. require interlocks for all offenders. Myths addressed in this infographic include eating certain foods may result in a failed ignition interlock test; alcohol interlock device drains the car battery; blowing into the interlock while diving can lead to a crash; if a driver fails a retest, the car will automatically stop; alcohol interlocks are easy to bypass; and, camera and GPS record my everyday driving. Download the infographic to learn about and share the facts related to these myths.
The Steer Clear of Impairment infographic is a free, downloadable visual resource. This infographic shares information about alcohol content in measured drinks; how Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is affected by the amount or type of food consumed, medications, fatigue, weight, sex and dehydration; and, the effects of BAC on driving including difficulties performing divided attention tasks, steering, controlling speeding, maintaining lane control, as well as reduced concentration, slower reaction time, blurred vision and inability to control vehicle. Alcohol-free drivers get everyone home safely.
A new fact sheet, Road Safety Monitor 2019: Distracted Driving Attitudes and Practices, 2004-2019, summarizes trends in attitudes about, and practices related to, distracted driving based upon data from the Road Safety Monitor (RSM) conducted by TIRF, with sponsorship by Beer Canada and Desjardins. The results reveal a concerning increase in the percentage of drivers reporting texting and driving.
Un nouveau feuillet d’information intitulé Sondage sur la sécurité routière 2019 : Attitudes et pratiques liées à la distraction au volant, 2004 à 2019, résume les tendances quant aux attitudes et aux pratiques relatives à la distraction au volant, à partir des données du Sondage sur la sécurité routière mené par la FRBR et commandité par Bière Canada et Desjardins. Les résultats révèlent une augmentation préoccupante du pourcentage de conducteurs déclarant avoir texté en conduisant.
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) announces the release of a new fact sheet, Fatigue-Related Fatal Collisions in Canada, 2000-2016. The fact sheet, sponsored by Desjardins, summarizes the characteristics of fatally injured victims involved in fatigue-related collisions in Canada from 2000 to 2016. Data from TIRF’s National Fatality Database are included to describe trends in driver fatigue among fatally injured victims, and the characteristics of fatigued drivers dying in road crashes. Of concern, 40.8% of fatally injured fatigued drivers tested positive for drugs, and 22.2% of these drivers tested positive for alcohol.