The Traffic Injury Research Foundation provides four core services:

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

Research on road crashes

TIRF examines who is at risk, what behaviours put road users at risk, what conditions create the greatest risk on the road; and why certain factors are more risky than others.

TIRF has expertise in a variety of research methods including:

  • experimental and epidemiological research
  • qualitative and quantitative analyses (and specialized multivariate techniques)
  • observational studies
  • Public opinion, population, and roadside surveys
  • crash analysis and causal assessment
  • database design, construction, and management
  • literature reviews

Program and policy development

TIRF’s research has identified needed improvements and best practices for programs and policies, including repeat drinking drivers, new driver licensing, motorcycle licensing, driver education and training, as well as graduated driver licensing.


TIRF has conducted policy analyses and developed innovative and comprehensive evaluation plans for a wide range of traffic safety countermeasures, both in terms of operational effectiveness and safety impacts. Examples of their evaluation work include legislative initiatives, graduated driver licensing programs, ignition interlocks, vehicle impoundment, administrative licence suspension, remedial licensing programs, and photo radar.

Knowledge transfer and exchange

In addition to scientific and technical skills, TIRF has a strong reputation for effectively translating its research to many sectors and producing products that clearly and concisely communicate research findings and inform practice. For this reason, TIRF frequently gives invited presentations to technical and non-technical audiences in several countries and routinely interacts with the media. Based on its experiences with diverse practitioners in the field of road safety, TIRF has developed its own Knowledge Transfer (KT) model that has been the foundation for its education programs and educational primers. The TIRF KT model is multidisciplinary and enables research to be translated and best practices to be made available to practitioners across systems who are tasked with different goals, priorities, and resources, and who utilize different terminologies. The model consists of four distinct and independent yet inter-connected streams of activities that are integral components of TIRF’s KT initiatives.

Other services

In addition to its core business, TIRF also provides road safety event services and is available for consultation. TIRF is adept in organizing and hosting international conferences, symposia and workshops, and producing useful proceedings. Activities in this area have focused on young and novice drivers, impaired driving, distracted driving, fitness to drive, motorcycle safety and other issues.

TIRF is available to share its expertise through consulting services to the public and private sectors on many driver-related issues and maintains an extensive road safety library.

Other areas of expertise include:

Road users

  • bicyclists
  • children
  • commercial drivers
  • drivers of recreational and off-road vehicles
  • female drivers
  • high-risk drivers
  • motorcyclists
  • occupants
  • pedestrians
  • senior drivers
  • young and novice drivers

Driver behaviours

  • aggressive driving
  • alcohol impaired driving
  • distracted driving
  • drug impaired driving
  • fatigued and drowsy driving
  • speeding


  • driver licensing
  • driver education
  • driver improvement
  • alcohol interlocks and other safety technologies
  • general and specific deterrent strategies
  • public education and awareness strategies

Contact us to learn more about our services.