Our Road Safety Agenda

Topic-specific one-stop resources provide easy access to all the free resources produced by TIRF on a number of road safety topics. The first two available for download are:

Preventing Distracted Driving Make Safe Driving Second Nature

Did you know?

  • One in six teenage fatalities (15-19 years old) result from road crashes. (Sources: Transport Canada; Statistics Canada)
  • Road crashes are the 3rd leading cause of accidental death in Canada and the 2nd leading cause of accidental death for Canadians under age 40. (Source: Statistics Canada)
  • Road crashes claim nearly 1,900 lives and injure 140,000 people in Canada every year. (Source: Transport Canada)
  • Road crashes represent a very significant cost for society at CAD 40.7 billion or 2.1% of GDP in 2018, and the personal toll is immeasurable. (Source: IRTAD)

TIRF can help

The overwhelming majority of deaths and injuries on our roads are preventable. TIRF has worked to improve road safety for all Canadians by generating and sharing knowledge on current and emerging issues and trends that affect road safety. This includes sharing research evidence to inform decisions and action by government, business and industry, traffic safety agencies, and non-profit organizations around the world in the areas of legislation, program and policy development, enforcement, education, and training.

After more than five decades, TIRF’s vision and commitment are stronger than ever. With a proven, sustained dedication to improving road safety, TIRF can help.

  • Measure the problem. More than 90% of road crashes are caused by driver error or condition. Through its research, TIRF is improving understanding about why drivers behave as they do in order to create more effective interventions to promote safe driving behaviours.
  • Develop and implement solutions. Programs and policies aimed at improving road safety must address the underlying causes of road crashes. TIRF’s research is the foundation to develop evidence-based programs and policies, as well as sound legislation targeting young drivers, impaired drivers, fatigued drivers, distracted drivers and commercial vehicle drivers, as well as other road safety concerns.
  • Evaluation. In an era of declining resources, investment is needed in strategies that have proven results. TIRF’s work to evaluate a broad spectrum of road safety policies and programs helps governments and other stakeholders identify effective solutions.
  • Knowledge transfer. Making progress requires shared knowledge and understanding of policies and programs, and coordinated efforts across all sectors to improve road safety. TIRF has developed a “systems” approach to bridge gaps and build partnerships among agencies and practitioners that are affected by road crashes. Knowledge transfer and skill development are critical features of these initiatives.

What it takes

TIRF takes action on four fronts:

  • Research on road crashes
  • Program and policy development
  • Evaluation
  • Knowledge transfer and exchange

These have been the pillars of TIRF’s work since it was established as a national, independent road safety research institute in 1964. TIRF’s skills and expertise are designed to meet the key challenges related to road safety in the next decade, and beyond.