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Traffic Injury Research Foundation’s mission to reduce the road crash problem is accomplished by undertaking nearly two dozen research projects each year. With the opening of TIRF USA, we can now expand the breadth of expertise and outreach, sharing the knowledge that saves.

Below you may find some of the projects that are currently in progress or recently completed in partnership with Traffic Injury Research Foundation Canada.

New TIRF USA, Inc. Report: Annual Ignition Interlock Survey: United States

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA, Inc. (TIRF USA) in partnership with the Association of Ignition Interlock Program Administrators (AIIPA) and TIRF in Canada conducted a national survey of the number of total installed and active installed ignition interlocks in the United States in 2014, and from January 1st, 2015 through August 31st, 2015. These data provide a comprehensive picture of interlock installations across the United States and are a useful benchmark for state ignition interlock program administrators and the impaired driving community to measure interlock program participation. This current survey builds on the previous work of Dr. Richard Roth using an augmented data collection strategy.

Annual Ignition Interlock Survey: United States

See project announcement.

Project Sponsor: Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers

For more information, please contact:

Tara Casanova Powell
Director of Research
Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA, Inc.
tirf@tirf.us
Connecticut Office | T: 203-809-8709 |
Corporate Office | T: 202-507-6334 |

New TIRF USA, Inc. Project: Educational resource for effective communication about the impairing risks of prescribed pain medication while driving

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA, Inc. (TIRF USA), in partnership with TIRF in Canada, is pleased to announce they have received funding from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop and evaluate an educational resource. The purpose of the resource is to develop more effective communication tools to help prescribing health care professionals (HCPs) talk to patients about the impairing effects of prescribed pain medication and the risks associated with driving. The TIRF organizations have also partnered with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to inform the development of this important resource that will benefit HCPs and the public alike. The research team will use TIRF’s established Knowledge Translation (KT) model to collect and synthesize focus group information and results will be used to inform the development of the resource. It will also be evaluated based on a comparison of HCPs and patients who are using the resource versus a control group of HCPs and patients who are not using it.

The anticipated completion date for the project is September 2017.

Project Sponsor: US Food and Drug Administration

For more information, please contact:

Tara Casanova Powell
Director of Research
Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) USA, Inc.
tirf@tirf.us
Connecticut Office – 24 Farmington Drive, Hamden, CT 06518 | T: 203-809-8709 | F: 203-821-7657
Corporate Office -20 F Street, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20001 | T: 202-507-6334 | F: 202-507-6101

New TIRF USA, Inc. Project: National Opinion Poll released on Drunk Driving in the United States

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA, Inc. (TIRF USA), in partnership with TIRF in Canada, has conducted a national public opinion poll on drunk driving in the United States with funding from Anheuser Busch. The focus of the poll was to gauge the behaviors, attitudes and opinions of Americans in relation to drunk driving. This survey has provided a current window on the drunk driving problem and made available timely data to help monitor this issue and inform decision-makers regarding ways to address it. In particular, the poll results have provided important insights into progress that has been achieved as well as gaps that require attention. A second fact sheet that contains the regional results and examines the use of alternative transportation options is now available.

Fact sheet: Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States, 2015
Press release: Road Safety Monitor: Alcohol-Impaired Driving in the United States, 2015
 Fact sheet: Road Safety Monitor: Alternatives to Impaired Driving in the United States, 2015
 Press Release: Road Safety Monitor: Alternatives to Impaired Driving in the United States, 2015 in the TIRF media center

Project Sponsor: Anheuser-Busch

For more information, please contact:

Tara Casanova Powell
Director of Research
Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) USA, Inc.
tirf@tirf.us
Connecticut Office – 24 Farmington Drive, Hamden, CT 06518 | T: 203-809-8709 | F: 203-821-7657
Corporate Office -20 F Street, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20001 | T: 202-507-6334 | F: 202-507-6101

TIRF USA to participate in evaluation of the ignition interlock program in Minnesota

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